SpaceX launched the first 54 Starlink v2.0 satellites into orbit

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On December 28, 2022, the SpaceXFalcon 9 launch vehicle launched into low Earth orbit the first 54 Starlink satellites of the new generation - v2.0 or Gen2.

Important facts

  • The launch took place from the SLC-40 launch pad of the US Air Force Base at Cape Canaveral. This is the 60th successful SpaceX mission since the beginning of 2022.

  • Starlink v2.0 satellites have several different configurations depending on the launch vehicle.

  • v2.0 is carried by the old Falcon 9. The mass of such satellites is 303 kg, and the dimensions are almost the same as in v1.5.

  • SpaceX currently has 3,604 operational Starlink satellites in orbit.

  • The total number of satellites planned is 12,000 with the possibility of additional expansion up to 42,000.

About SpaceX

  • It is a private spaceflight company that sends satellites and people to space, including NASA crews to the International Space Station (ISS).

  • The company sent its first two astronauts to the ISS on May 30, 2020, aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon, and several more on behalf of NASA and other organizations.

  • As of mid-2022, it is the only commercial spaceflight company capable of sending astronauts into space.

  • SpaceX was founded by Alan Musk, a South African-born businessman and entrepreneur.

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