A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket boosted the company’s latest batch of Starlink internet satellites to low-Earth orbit Wednesday, but not before launch engineers poked fun at Russia’s recent comments on U.S. space vehicles. Time to let the American broomstick fly and hear the sounds of freedom,” SpaceX launch engineer Julia Black called out just before the 8:45 a.m.
EST liftoff from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.The launch director is going for launch. The rocket successfully launched 48 Starlink internet satellites to orbit, then returned to land on the Just Read the Instructions drone ship a few minutes later. It marked the booster’s fourth flight to date.
Some American-made rockets like United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V do use Russian RD-180 main engines, but others, like SpaceX Falcon 9, fly on domestic propulsion. But since 2020, SpaceX has launched four crewed missions to the International Space Station, leading founder Elon Musk to make comments like: “The trampoline is working!”The Space Coast’s next launch will see a team of four private passengers fly to the ISS in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. The liftoff from Kennedy Space Center’s pad 39A is targeted for 2:36 p.m. EST Wednesday, March 30.
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