Elon Musk's SpaceX Launches 54 More Starlink Satellites: 'Meant For Peaceful Use Only'

Elon Musk's SpaceX Launches 54 More Starlink Satellites: 'Meant For Peaceful Use Only'
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Starlink 4-20 mission launches from Space Launch Complex 40 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sept. 4, 2022. (Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)
Elon Musk-led SpaceX finally launched its Falcon 9 reusable rocket with 54 Starlink satellites, following several weather-induced cancellations last week.

What Happened

The private aerospace company launched the Starlink satellites on Sunday night from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

About nine minutes after the launch, the Falcon 9's first-stage booster landed on the ‘Just Read The Instructions' drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

Why It's Important

The latest mission marked SpaceX's 42nd launch this year, as the company rolls on with ambitious targets to meet Musk's vision of making life multi-planetary and more practically, avoid a "genuine risk of bankruptcy."

The service has also reportedly reached Antarctica now.

Musk, the world's richest man and the CEO of Tesla Inc, also tweeted earlier that Starlink “is meant for peaceful use only,” in what appears to be a response to Russia’s complaints that the U.S. and its allies use “elements of civilian, including commercial, infrastructure in outer space for military purposes” at a meeting of the United Nations last week.

"It seems like our colleagues do not realize that such actions in fact constitute indirect involvement in military conflicts," the Russian delegation's head said in a statement.

Starlink provides low-latency, high-speed satellite internet service. In the early stages of the Russia–Ukraine war, at the request of Ukraine, Musk sent Starlink terminals to the war-ravaged nation, which was then facing an internet blackout following attacks by its bigger neighbor.

By Ramakrishnan M
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