On June 13, SpaceX released a fresh batch of 58 Starlink satellites, alongside three Planet SkySat satellites. The company has now successfully undertook nine Starlink missions.
SkySat satellites are a constellation of Earth observation satellites that provide high-definition imagery and video. They are manufactured by a company called Planet Labs, Inc.
The payload was carried yet again by a Falcon 9 rocket. It was lifted off at 5:21 a.m. Eastern Time from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
According to an article by Space News, the Falcon 9 used for that mission is also the same one was used for two NASA cargo missions to the International Space Station. Yet another testament to the rocket’s reusability and reliability.
The Falcon 9’s first stage was recovered by SpaceX’s “Of Course I Still Love” drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
Last but not least, there was an icing on the cake: a breathtaking image of the Falcon 9’s trajectory from deployment up until its landing.
According to Space.com, since the sky was so clear at the time of liftoff, the landing burn was very visible from the launch site.
So there you have it: yet another Starlink mission successfully carried out.