On the night of 4 June 2020, 2:25 a.m. French time (3 June 2020, 9:25 p.m. local time), a Falcon9 rocket was launched with a Starlink payload on board. This is the eighth SpaxeX launch for this ambitious satellite internet project. To date, 480 satellites have been put into orbit at an operational altitude of 550 km, out of the 12,000 satellites planned for the future. Each Starlink launch includes a cluster of 60 satellites.
Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported the Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission in September 2018, the Iridium-8 mission in January 2019, and two separate Starlink missions in May 2019 and in January 2020. Following stage separation, SpaceX has landed Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, in full night.
Watch the launch of SpaceX's Starlink-8 mission in this video :
William Mahe (WM), books and news author, passionate about the Universe, Science and technologies, university graduate from the Paris - Meudon Observatory in Astronomy and Celestial Mechanic. President of the SPETspace STEAM Society and Publishing Director of the SPETspace News. He is also a Harley Davidson and Honda motorcycles lover.