SpaceX Deploys 58 More Broadband Satellites to Orbit for First Starlink Rideshare Mission

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off Saturday to bring another batch of Starlink broadband satellites and three Earth-observing satellites from Planet Labs to low-Earth orbit as part of a rideshare mission, CNET reported Sunday.

The rocket carrying 58 Starlink satellites and Planet Labs’ SkySat satellites launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The mission came a week after SpaceX launched a batch of 60 Starlink satellites and a deployable visor satellite and two weeks after the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft sent two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station as part of the Demo-2 test flight mission.

SpaceX has so far deployed more than 500 Starlink satellites to orbit. The rideshare mission brings the total number of orbiting SkySat spacecraft to 18.

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