The launch brings the total number of Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit to 3,500.
SpaceX now has over 3,500 Starlink satellites in Earth orbit after sending the last round on Thursday morning.
At approximately 10:50 a.m., a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Spaceport 40 in Cape Canaveral, Florida with 54 satellites.
According to the company, the last batch entered low Earth orbit about 15 minutes after the rocket was launched. SpaceX held a livestream and tweeted videos showing the Falcon 9 taking off.
This mission was the 48th successful SpaceX launch in 2022. The aerospace company owned by Elon Musk previously launched 31 missions in 2021.
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“Congratulations to the SpaceX team on their 48th launch this year,” Musk wrote in a social media post. “Falcon 9 now holds the record for the most launches of a single ship type in a year.”
The type of rocket SpaceX uses has been used in the past to carry people, including NASA astronauts, to the International Space Station. The reusable two-stage Falcon 9 rocket has also launched US military satellites in the past.
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The rocket was designed and manufactured by the company and is capable of delivering payloads beyond Earth orbit.
Earlier this week, SpaceX announced that Starlink Aviation would allow in-flight Internet access on aircraft at speeds up to 3,500 megabits per second. Aircraft with the Aero Terminal will have fast enough internet access to make video calls, online games “and other high data rate activities.”
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