SpaceX launches 51 Starlink internet satellites into polar orbit | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

SpaceX launches 51 Starlink internet satellites into polar orbit

In heavy fog, SpaceX launched another batch of Starlink internet satellites late Monday, firing 51 upgraded relay stations into polar orbit from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

The flight came just two days before the planned launch of another Falcon 9 from Florida Wednesday carrying four civilians aloft in the first non-government commercial flight to orbit. The Inspiration4 mission was chartered by tech billionaire Jared Isaacman to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

While not as dramatic, the Starlink launch nonetheless marked a major milestone for SpaceX: the project's first flight to an orbit around Earth's poles using new internet beacons featuring satellite-to-satellite laser communications links to minimize time lost relaying data through ground stations.

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