Advertisement
  1. News
  2. /
  3. Florida

Watch: SpaceX rocket launches from Cape and lands offshore

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster lifted 60 Starlink communications satellites to space before landing on an offshore platform.
Published Jan. 29
Updated Jan. 29

SpaceX launched a third batch of 60 Starlink communications satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 9:09 Wednesday morning. The launch had been delayed a number of times over the past two weeks; the latest delay occurred on Tuesday due to weather conditions in the recovery area.

The satellites are a part of SpaceX’s Starlink high-speed and low-latency communications constellation.

According to a November 2019 press release, SpaceX could begin offering broadband service to U.S. and Canadian customers after the sixth Starlink launch. Global coverage is expected to begin after 24 launches.

The booster used for this flight had flown twice before. The first flight took place on Mar. 2, 2019 during the Crew Dragon demonstration mission. The second flight lifted a set of RADARSAT satellites into orbit on June 15. The booster landed on a floating platform in the Atlantic. SpaceX also hopes to catch the rocket’s nose cone halves with two ships outfitted with large nets.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

  1. In this photo made available by the Florida Highway patrol shows confiscated drugs following the arrest of two men Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, Santa Rosa County, Fla. Authorities confiscated methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl. (Florida Highway Patrol via AP) [AP]
  2. Michael Stevens, 28, left, works to stay warm with friend Cash Holland, 21, right, outside the Boys and Girls Club of Tarpon Springs' cold night shelter on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, where the homeless men were among 28 people who took refuge from cooler weather which dipped to 36 degrees in north Pinellas County overnight. The shelter is funded through Pinellas County's Health and Human Services department and provided shelter and a hot breakfast for those who came. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes]
  3. Visitors take in the sun and sand at Clearwater Beach last year. Tourism officials say visits remain at record-breaking levels and have not been curtailed by coronavirus.
  4. People wearing masks walk in a subway station in Hong Kong early this month as the coronavirus continued to spread. Travel in China is one of the topics health care officials in Florida are bringing up with patients as concern about a pandemic grows. [KIN CHEUNG  |  Associated Press]
  5. A mystery billboard. A Tampa photographer's journey. A cruise to the Bahamas. Here's what leap day means to Floridians. [Clockwise from left: Times archives, Amie Santavicca and screenshot from leapdaycruise.com]
  6. One or more people have been using fake cash to buy Girl Scout cookies, leaving troops in the Bradenton area out hundreds of dollars, according to news reports. [JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ  |  CENTRO Tampa]
  7. Guests walk down Main Street with Cinderella's Castle in the background at Magic Kingdom in Orlando in this 2019 file photo. Walt Disney World told some cast members to stay home because of their recent trip to Italy and the possibility of coronavirus infection.
  8. Kathy Stearns, owner of Dade City's Wild Things, holds a 2-week-old baby tiger after bottle feeding. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times (2015)]
  9. Taylor Parker-Dipeppe, of Spring Hill, is accused of taking part in a neo-Nazi campaign to harass and intimidate activists and journalists, including one based in Tampa. [Pinellas County Jail]
  10. Sarah Boone, 42, faces charges of second-degree murder in the death of Jorge Torres Jr. [Orange County Sheriff's Office]
  11. Drone video posted by See Through Canoe shows David Beede of Shallow Point Fishing Charters scraping a manatee's back with a fishing pole. [See Through Canoes]
  12. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks with members of the media after a Democratic presidential primary debate, Tuesday, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) [MATT ROURKE  |  AP]
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement