Starlink success for 53 satellites
March 21, 2022
By Chris Forrester
A slight weather-related delay didn’t affect the overall success of the weekend’s SpaceX Starlink flight. Launch was at 12.42am Florida time on March 19th.
SpaceX launched 53 Starlink craft for Elon Musk’s ever-growing broadband constellation from Cape Canaveral.
Starlink reportedly now has some 200,000 active subscribers around the world generating about $250 million in annual subscription revenues.
This latest launch (officially dubbed Starlink 4-12) is the eighth Starlink launch of the year and the 40th dedicated orbiting since the project started.
The launch included the 12th use of a Falcon 9 booster supporting this mission previously launched Dragon’s first crew demonstration mission, the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, SXM-7, and eight other Starlink missions, and after some nine minutes in flight then successfully landed on the ‘Just Read The Instructions’ floating barge some 640 kms downrange.