SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites

(21 Apr 2022) Rocket; Falcon 9; Payload: Starlink 4-14 (53 satellites); Date: 21 April 2022, 1524 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, USA. The satellites were released into an orbit of 304 by 318 kilometers with an inclination of 53.2 degrees to the equator.

The Starlink satellites will extend solar arrays and use on-board ion thrusters to reach their operational orbit at an altitude of 540 kilometers, where they will enter commercial service for SpaceX.

After Thursday's mission, SpaceX has launched 2,388 Starlink satellites to date, including spacecraft that were decommissioned or suffered failures. More than 2,000 of those satellites are in orbit and functioning as of Thursday, according to a list maintained by Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist who closely tracks spaceflight activity.

Reference: Spaceflight Now

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