SpaceX launches 24 Starlink satellites from Florida on February 25, 2024

SpaceX has launched another batch of 24 Starlink satellites on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at 5:06 p.m. EST (22:06 UTC).

Liftoff of 24 Starlink satellites on Sunday, February 25, 2024, from Florida
Liftoff of 24 Starlink satellites on Sunday, February 25, 2024, from Florida. (Image credit: SpaceX)

A Falcon 9 rocket of SpaceX has carried these Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida to low-Earth orbit.

Watch the launch of this mission if you missed it:

This was the 13th flight for the first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched CRS-24, Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13F, OneWeb 1, SES-18 and SES-19, and now nine Starlink missions, according to the statement from SpaceX.

The first stage booster is the reusable part of the Falcon 9 rocket. After stage separation, the first stage booster came back to Earth and landed on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Only the second stage (upper stage) of the Falcon 9 rocket carried these satellites to the low-Earth orbit from the stage separation and deployed them about 64 minutes after liftoff.

Know about Starlink satellites 

Starlink is the world’s first and largest satellite constellation, located in the low-Earth orbit, which provides high-speed satellite internet from space to almost anywhere on Earth. Currently, it’s providing satellite internet access to over 71 countries.

See the map where Starlink satellite internet is currently available. 

As of February 26, 2024, SpaceX has launched 5896 Starlink satellites, of which 5504 are in low-Earth orbit and 5466 are in operational state, according to the report in Jonathan’s Space Pages. SpaceX has decided to deploy around 12,000 Starlink satellites in total.

The growing number of Starlink satellites in the low-Earth orbit is currently creating controversy because the bright train of Starlink satellites will interfere with night sky observation from the ground.

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