Elon Musk’s SpaceX Sends Another 49 Starlink Satellites to Space, Reusable Falcon 9 Lands Back on Earth

January 19, 2022Updated: January 19, 2022

Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk-owned SpaceX on Tuesday successfully launched 49 more Starlink satellites to earth’s low orbit from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

What Happened

SpaceX’s partially reusable Falcon 9 rocket that can transport payloads as well as humans into earth and beyond, launched the satellites at 9:02 p.m. ET.

Minutes after the liftoff, the Falcon 9 successfully landed back on the “A Shortfall of Gravitas” droneship.

The automated drone ship floats on the Atlantic Ocean and reduces costs further.

Musk confirmed the development while SpaceX shared the live broadcast on Twitter, along with updates on the liftoff and the deployment.

Why It Matters

This was SpaceX’s second such Starlink mission this year and thirty-sixth overall. Just last week, SpaceX sent 49 Starlink satellites to space.

Musk had, during the previous launch, said that the satellites were equipped with lasers. The technique can reduce long-distance latency by as much as 50 percent due to higher speed of light in vacuum and shorter path than undersea fibre.

Starlink is a SpaceX venture designed to beam down high-speed internet, especially in remote areas from satellites in orbit to Earth.

Musk recently said the service would be expanded to 14 countries and that the company is awaiting licences in several other countries.

Starlink is known to have launched over 1,500 satellites. The company hopes to have 4,425 satellites in orbit by 2024. The Federal Communications Commission has approved 11,943 satellites to be launched by Starlink.

By Rachit Vats 

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