CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX added yet another successful orbital delivery of their Starlink internet satellites to the record Sunday morning, just seconds before 8:26 a.m.
The launch had been delayed twice, first in September and then again on October 10, according to Spaceflight Now.
After stage separation about two-and-a-half minutes into the launch, the Falcon 9 rocket’s 15-story booster made its way back to earth, landing on SpaceX’s revered “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
From here, the rocket’s sailing upper stage went on to deploy 60 more Starlink internet satellites into a low orbit some 172 miles above the Earth’s surface.
With this new addition, SpaceX’s cluster of Starlink satellites grows to 835; the company will continue adding to their internet constellation until a primary cluster of 1,500 satellites are in orbit.
It remains unclear if SpaceX will choose to wait until then to activate these satellites for commercial use.
Looking ahead, the Federal Communications Commission has approved a fleet of up to 12,000 Starlink satellites, with SpaceX ambitiously planning to appeal for 30,000 in the future.
SpaceX’s next launch of even more satellites is scheduled for Wednesday October 21 after 12:36 p.m., according to Spaceflight Now.