KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — With a "may the force be with us," SpaceX sent a Falcon 9 rocket into space on Tuesday, May the Fourth, carrying another batch of the company's Starlink satellites.
What You Need To Know
- SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink satellites less than a week ago
- The company is quickly building its network of broadband internet satellites
- The rocket's first-stage booster successfully landed on a drone ship at sea
The rocket lifted off from Kennedy Space Center's Pad 39A at 3:01 p.m. ET, sending a cluster of mini-satellites into orbit. They join the more than 2,000 already providing broadband internet to underserved areas around the world.
This is SpaceX's second Starlink launch in a week; last Wednesday, the company launched 60 satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
SpaceX expects much of its network, comprising tens of thousands of Starlink satellites, to be completed by the end of this year.
The rocket's first stage booster then successfully landed on a SpaceX drone ship in the Atlantic, of the Florida coast.
The Falcon 9 was launched on International Star Wars Day, and the rocket is named for the iconic "Millennium Falcon" from the series.
Falcon 9’s first stage has landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship – the 9th landing of this booster pic.twitter.com/wzPjMsu2z3— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 4, 2021