SpaceX tests the Falcon 9 rocket before the ‘Starlink 6’ mission

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SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, conducted a static fire test of its Falcon 9 rocket which is expected to launch the next fleet of 60 Starlink satellites on a mission called “Starlink 6” on April 23.

The rocket is expected to launch from the historic Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Space.com reported Sunday. This will be the fifth Starlink mission this year and the company’s seventh batch of operational satellites since 2019.

A test shot is likely on Thursday

“Falcon 9 static fire resistance test completed – targeting Thursday, April 23 at 3:16 p.m. EDT, at 7:16 p.m. UTC, for the launch of 60 Starlink satellites from LC-39A in Florida,” SpaceX tweeted. long after the test.

Starlink satellites
Starlink satellites photographed from the ISS
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The first scene rocket propeller supporting this mission previously supported the first flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station in 2019, the launch of the RADARSAT Constellation mission and the fourth Starlink mission.

Provide low cost internet connection

Starlink is SpaceX’s ambitious project to launch and operate its own broadband satellite network, which will provide low-cost Internet access to remote locations worldwide. A Falcon 9 rocket will also launch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts to the International Space Station on May 27.

This “Demo-2” mission will be the last major step before NASA’s commercial crew program certifies Crew Dragon for long-term operational missions in the space station.

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