SpaceX's Florida launch seen as far as New York, Massachusetts
by Adam Schrader
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 24, 2021
Elon Musk's SpaceX sent 52 more Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit on Saturday as the company continues weekly launches to build out its constellation.
The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 7:32 p.m., SpaceX said in a news release.
The first stage landed on the A Shortfall of Gravitas drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean about nine minutes later. It previously launched SES-22 and two Starlink missions.
People reported seeing the launch as far as Cape Cod in Massachusetts as well as New York, New Jersey and Maryland -- sharing pictures on social media of the rocket in the sky.
SpaceX has launched more than 3,340 satellites into low-Earth orbit with 2,499 operational, according to an online tracker.
Last weekend, SpaceX launched 34 satellites into low-Earth orbit with AST SpaceMobile's BlueWalker 3 satellite.
Blue Walker 3 is a test satellite from AST SpaceMobile, which aims to build "the first and only space-based cellular broadband network to be accessible by standard smartphones," according to the company's website.
"Called SpaceMobile, this ultra-powerful network is being designed to provide connectivity at 4G/5G speeds everywhere on the planet -- on land, at sea and in flight," the company said.AST SpaceMobile is based in Midland, Texas.
SpaceX wants to bring satellite internet to Iran: Musk
Washington (AFP) Sept 20, 2022
SpaceX will apply for an exemption from US sanctions against Iran in a bid to offer its satellite internet service to the country, owner Elon Musk said on Monday. "Starlink will apply for an exemption from sanctions against Iran," Musk said in response to a tweet from a science reporter. Musk had initially announced that the Starlink satellite internet service had been made available on every continent - "including Antarctica" - with the company planning to launch up to 42,000 satellites to bo ... read more
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