SpaceX Falcon 9 launches 5th Starlink mission this month

SpaceX's Falcon 9 launches Starlink satellites into orbit on July 24, 2022. Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launches Starlink satellites into orbit on July 24, 2022. Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider

SpaceX sent another batch of Starlink internet satellites into orbit in a beautiful Sunday morning launch from Florida.

A total of 53 satellites were orbited by a Falcon 9 rocket for the internet constellation. Liftoff occurred at 9:38 a.m. EDT (13:38 UTC) July 24, 2022, from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A.

This launch came two days after another Falcon 9 launch, this time from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, which sent 46 Starlink satellites into orbit.

Flying in support of this Starlink mission, known as Group 4-25, was Falcon 9 first stage core B1062. It made its 8th flight to space for the company before ultimately landing safely aboard the drone ship “A Shortfall of Gravitas,” staged in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX is also expected to recover the twin fairings for reuse on another flight.

There have been three Starlink missions in just a little over a week. Today’s launch marked the 33rd liftoff for SpaceX’s so far in 2022, two more than the company’s launch rate record set just last year.

Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider

Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider

Video courtesy of SpaceX

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