Starlink launches heaviest ever batch
January 27, 2023
By Chris Forrester
SpaceX launched 56 Starlink broadband satellites into orbit on January 26th. The cargo was the heaviest-ever payload and totalled 17.4 metric tonnes.
The Falcon 9 booster was on its 9th mission for SpaceX and the launch, delayed for 10 minutes at 09.22am GMT, took place from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Barely 9 minutes later the booster made a typical textbook landing on the floating drone ship ‘Just Read The Instructions’ waiting down range.
The launch was already the sixth of the year for SpaceX.