A SpaceX rocket took off this Thursday morning from Florida. It is to send satellites that are part of the Starlink internet service, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, into orbit.
A Falcon 9 rocket, from the aeronautical company SpaceX, took off this Thursday morning from Florida, in the United States, carrying 56 Starlink satellites on board.
The takeoff took place at 4:32 a.m. local time, or 10:32 a.m. French time, from the SLC-40 launch pad at the Cape Canaveral launch base, near the city of Orlando. He counted a slight delay of 10 minutes compared to the initial scheduled time.
This is the 5th mission of this type launched by SpaceX, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, since the beginning of the year. Starlink is the American aerospace company’s broadband Internet service provider.
Deploy a satellite Internet network
The Starlink satellites carried by the rocket must be sent into orbit in order, according to the American company, to “continue the deployment of the second generation Internet constellation” started last December by SpaceX.
A network made up of 3773 satellites is currently already placed in orbit above the Earth. “Thousands” of other satellites are still to be sent in the “coming years”, according to SpaceX.
A SpaceX spacecraft is also due to take off on February 26 for the International Space Station (ISS). The space mission will have four astronauts on board, two Americans, a Russian, and an Emirati, who is to be the first astronaut from an Arab country to spend six months in space.