Congratulations SpaceX – 22 V2 Mini Starlink Satellites to Orbit
Space.com reported as follows, ”
SpaceX launched 22 of its “V2 mini” Starlink broadband satellites to orbit early Friday morning (May 19) and landed the returning rocket at sea. A Falcon 9 rocket topped with 22 next-generation Starlink spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Friday at 2:19 a.m. EDT (0619 GMT). The Falcon 9’s first stage returned to Earth as planned about 8.5 minutes after liftoff. It touched down on the SpaceX droneship A Shortfall of Gravitas, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast.
The satellites that went up Friday morning are “V2 minis,” which are larger and more capable than the first-generation Starlink craft that make up the vast majority of the megaconstellation. The full-size Starlink V2 satellites, which will be even bigger and more powerful, will be launched by SpaceX’s huge Starship rocket, which is still in development.”
Please use the following spaceX.com link for a replay of the launch .