SpaceX Launched 20 More Starlink Satellites, 13 with Direct to Cell Capabilities, from Cape Canaveral This Morning

Today's Falcon 9 launch marked the 14th anniversary of the rocket's debut.

(Cape Canaveral, Florida) On Tuesday, June 4, SpaceX's Falcon 9 launched 20 additional Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit (LEO) - including 13 satellites with Direct-to-Cell capabilities (a first for any Starlink launch from Florida) - from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

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Photo of this morning's SpaceX Falcon 9 launch with 20 Starlink satellites, including 13 with Direct-to-Cell capabilities, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, courtesy of spaceflight photographer John Kraus on Instagram @johnkrausphotos.

According to SpaceX, the launch marked the 20th flight for the first stage booster supporting this mission, which has previously launched CRS-22, Crew-3, Turksat 5B, Crew-4, CRS-25, Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13G, mPower-a, PSN SATRIA, Telkmosat Merah Putih2, and now 11 Starlink missions.

Tuesday’s launch (June 4) marked the 14th anniversary of the Falcon 9 rocket's first debut on the same day and same launch pad, per SpaceFlightNow Since that day, SpaceX has launched more than 340 Falcon 9 rockets.

The first stage booster landed on the SpaceX droneship ‘Just Read the Instructions’ in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 8.5 minutes after launch, per Space.com.

Shared by SpaceX on X, the company confirmed more than 50 Starlink satellites are in orbit with Direct to Cell capabilities.

SpaceX’s next launch is scheduled for Thursday (June 6), the fourth test flight of Starship from Starbase in Texas. This test flight will focus on Starship's ability to return, and to see if Starship and Super Heavy can be reused, per SpaceX.

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