SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying its 51 Starlink satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Monday night at 8:55 PM PDT (11:55 PM EDT). It was the first launch from the West Coast to the Starlink satellite internet constellation, and also the first batch of the second phase of the Starlink satellite deployment, targeting a new orbital trajectory that would allow the network to serve new regions, including northern Canada and parts of Canada. will help. of Northern Europe.
The launch used a refloated Falcon 9 that had previously supported nine other missions, including seven prior Starlink flights. In total, SpaceX has now launched about 1,800 Starlink satellites, and it has been providing coverage to customers during its beta program for more than a year. The company said in August that it had now shipped approximately 100,000 terminals to customers, currently has more than 90,000 active users on the service and a total order volume of approximately 500,000 kits.
SpaceX plans to expand the constellation to continue the footprint of having Starlink service available globally. Ultimately it aims to build a constellation that includes approximately 30,000 satellites, which should provide reliable worldwide broadband coverage for customers.
You can check out the full recap of Monday night’s launch below.