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SpaceX deploys 18th batch of Starlink Internet satellites into Earth orbit

Source : 112 Ukraine

The rocket was launched at 8:20:03 Kyiv time (1:20 a.m. EST)
13:38, 4 February 2021

SpaceX's Starlink mission
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The American private space company SpaceX has delivered the 18th batch of Starlink Internet satellites into Earth orbit and repeated its own world record. This was reported by Everyday Astronaut.

The rocket was launched at 8:20:03 Kyiv time (1:20 a.m. EST) from Complex 39A (LC-39A) of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is the 108th launch of the Falcon missiles.

8 minutes 26 seconds after the launch, a part of the Falcon 9 rocket landed on the unmanned platform (Just Read the Instructions) in the Atlantic Ocean.

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As we reported earlier, SpaceX has been awarded a $150.4 million contract to launch as many as 28 satellites for the U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA).

"The contract is to launch a mix of small and medium spacecraft of different sizes that the Space Development Agency is acquiring from multiple vendors. That includes 20 data-relay satellites known as the Transport Layer and the other eight are missile-warning satellites known as the Tracking Layer," reads the report.

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