SpaceX Launches 7th Batch of Starlink Satellites

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A, bearing the Starlink-6 mission to orbit.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A, bearing the Starlink-6 mission to orbit.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER:  At 3:30 PM on April 22, 2020, a Falcon-9 rocket, flying for the fourth time successfully launched 60 more Starlink satellites to orbit. Minutes later, the first stage landed on an autonomous drone ship off the coast of South Carolina.

Falcon 9 launch. Photo Credit: Scott Schilke / We Report Space

This brings the number of satellites in the Starlink constellation to 420. SpaceX chief Elon Musk tweeted that he expects a public beta of the space-based Internet access to start in northern latitudes in approximately six months.

Falcon 9's fiery tail as the Starlink-6 mission clears the transporter/erector. Photo Credit: Scott Schilke / We Report Space

This is only the eighth orbital launch from Florida during the first four months of 2020. SpaceX had jumped off to a quick start in 2020, launching six times in 72 days, for a launch cadence of every 18 days. After the previous launch on March 18, 2020, there was a gap of 35 days between the sixth and seventh batch of Starlink satellites.

Launch of SpaceX's Starlink-6 mission. Photo Credit: Scott Schilke / We Report Space

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Falcon 9 / SpaceX Starlink-6

Historic 84th SpaceX Falcon 9 launch on April 22nd 2020 from LC-39A Cape Canaveral Florida Scott Schilke