After completing 31 successful missions in 2021, SpaceX launched the first batch of Starlink satellites of the new year, sending 49 Internet satellites into orbit atop the Falcon 9 partially reusable rocket.
The Falcon 9 rocket was launched into space on January 6 at 4:49 PM EST from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. After the launch, Falcon 9's first stage successfully landed on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship.
This year will be a busy one for SpaceX. The company plans to conduct about 40 launches in 2022.
SpaceX is forming a constellation of near-earth Starlink satellites designed to provide broadband Internet access services. The company began forming the constellation in 2019, and there are currently 1.9 thousand Starlink satellites in orbit in total.