Starlink constellation grows as SpaceX launches 53 new satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 53 new Starlink satellites has successfully launched, expanding the constellation yet again.

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Fifty-three new Starlink satellites have been successfully launched using a Falcon 9 rocket, bringing the total number of Starlink satellites launched to 1844.

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The Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Space Launch Complex 40 Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, with lift-off at 7:19 a.m. EST (12:19 UTC) on November 13th, 2021. Due to poor weather conditions, the mission had been delayed from its initially scheduled departure the day prior.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket was core B1058, in use for the ninth time after a turnaround of 182 days from its previous flight. The core's first flight was on May 30th, 2020, almost a year and a half lifetime so far. It successfully landed on SpaceX's drone ship "Just Read the Instructions" after separating from the second stage 2.5 minutes into the flight.

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Approximately 16 minutes after lift-off, the second stage deployed all 53 Starlink satellites, all of which are currently working. Group 4-1 is now the 31st successful Starlink mission, with two more missions, L29 and L30, also planned for November 2021.

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