SpaceX launches 24 Starlink satellites from Florida

Baku, February 26, AZERTAC
SpaceX launched 24 of its Starlink internet satellites from Florida on Sunday, on the company's 18th mission of 2024, according to Space.com.
A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 24 Starlink spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 5:06 p.m. EST (2206 GMT).
The Falcon 9's first stage came back to Earth about 8.5 minutes after liftoff. It made a vertical landing on the SpaceX droneship A Shortfall of Gravitas, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
It was the 13th launch and landing for this particular booster, according to a SpaceX mission description. Eight of its 12 flights to date have been Starlink missions.
The rocket's upper stage, meanwhile, continued powering its way toward low Earth orbit, deploying the satellites there about 65 minutes after launch.
Sunday's launch was the 18th of the year for SpaceX. And many more will follow over the coming weeks and months: The company aims to launch 144 orbital missions in 2024.
SpaceX's most recent two launches have been milestone missions. On Tuesday (Feb. 20), the company lofted an Indonesian telecom satellite called Merah Putih 2 on the 300th successful Falcon 9 liftoff to date.
And a Starlink launch on Thursday (Feb. 22) was the 19th flight for that Falcon 9's first-stage booster, tying SpaceX's rocket reuse record.

World 2024-02-26 18:04:00