SpaceX Launched 23 More Starlink Satellites from Cape Canaveral This Morning

SpaceX continues to grow its Starlink megaconstellation and network.

(Cape Canaveral, Florida) SpaceX launched another batch of 23 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit (LEO) via today’s (May 28th) Starlink 6-60 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at 10:24 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

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Photo of the launch of SpaceX's Starlink mission this mroning (May 29th) courtesy of SpaceX on X, @spacex.

Today’s (Tuesday’s) launch was SpaceX’s 53rd orbital mission of 2024 and the 37th of the year focused on growing the Starlink megaconstellation, which already boasts nearly 6,000 satellites, according to Space.com.

According to SpaceX, this morning’s launch marked the tenth flight for the first stage booster supporting this mission; the booster previously launched Crew-6, SES O3b mPOWER, USSF-124, and now seven Starlink missions.

In a livestream posted by SpaceX on X, SpaceX celebrated this morning’s launch - which marked the company's 350th launch since inception - as the first stage booster landed on the droneship 'A Shortfall of Gravitas'.

In 2023, approximately two-thirds of SpaceX’s missions were launched in the interest of building out its Starlink infrastructure, with the company aiming for a significant increase in satellites by 2024, per Space.com.

Per SpaceNews, SpaceX’s Vice President of Build and Flight Reliability Bill Gerstenmaier told Congress last October that the company aims to achieve 144 total launches in 2024.

As Starlink's network expands, news outlets including CNET report that customers are being notified of monthly rates doubling from $200 to $400 later this year. The new rate is effective immediately for new customers, but the increase applies to one specific plan only and does not affect all Starlink services.

On May 25th, Reuters reported that Zimbabwe approved licensing for Starlink internet service, thereby addressing a significant need for the country; as of 2021, only 34.8% of Zimbabwe’s population had internet access, according to a 2021 World Bank report.

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