SpaceX launched 53 more Starlink internet satellites into orbit on Sat Nov 13th at 7:19am EST from Cape Canaveral’s LC-40. Starlink mission 4-1 lifted off into a dense fog bank limiting its visibility on the pad but not affecting the launch itself. The launch was aboard Booster 1058 making its ninth trip into space to deliver a new phase of the global internet network with the first launch into a new shell roughly 335 miles above Earth.
SpaceX later confirmed the booster safely landed on the drone ship Just Read The Instructions (JRTI) off the Carolina coast in the Atlantic. To date SpaceX has now launched 1844 Starlink satellites making up its early constellation of internet satellites. Return of the drone ship and Booster is expected early on Thursday morning.
"This was the ninth launch and landing of this Falcon 9 first stage booster, which previously launched Crew Demo-2, ANASIS-11, CRS-21, Transporter-1, and now five Starlink missions."
Deployment of 53 Starlink satellites confirmed pic.twitter.com/bnYtOqUUfC— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 13, 2021
LAUNCH UPDATE: This morning at 7:19am ET #SpaceX launched a F9 Starlink on B1058.9 carrying 53 more Starlink internet satellites into orbit. The booster successfully returned for a landing on JRTI in the Atlantic. #NASA #Space @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/GvUYczoa6C— Greg Scott (@GregScott_photo) November 13, 2021
“Falcon 9’s first stage has landed on the Just Read the Instructions droneship!
Deployment of 53 Starlink satellites confirmed"
~ @SpaceX (Twitter) ~