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SpaceX launched its 17th Starlink satellite in its first mission in 2021 using the Falcon 9 rocket, its eighth flight, landing the rocket and breaking the record for its reuse program. This brings the total number of Starlink constellations to about 1000. The company will extend its beta program to the UK and Canada, providing the first service to the First Nations community in remote areas of Ontario, Canada.
The launch took place in Florida at 8:02 EST (5:02 EST), and the satellite was launched as scheduled about an hour after the launch. The booster used for this launch has flown seven times earlier, as mentioned above. This includes the one used to bring the SiriusXM into orbit to support satellite radio networks in December 2020.
This launch was an attempt to land under “envelope expansion” conditions where the wind in the landing zone where the SpaceX drone recovery vessel located at sea was moored exceeded the safety value set by the company. It also attracted attention.
This success will allow SpaceX to increase its tolerance for wind speeds to attempt rocket recovery, which will reduce launch cancellations due to weather conditions in the landing zone.
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life’s biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.