On Tuesday afternoon, Elon Musk’s SpaceX deployed the company’s 26th cluster of Starlink broadband communication satellites from Florida.
The Falcon 9 rocket, carrying 60 satellites, lifted off as scheduled from launchpad 39A at Kennedy Space Center shortly after 3 p.m. EDT.
SpaceX recovered the rocket’s first-stage booster on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean for the ninth time. SpaceX successfully launched the satellites into their planned orbit after a little more than an hour of flight.
The launch brings the total number of Starlink satellites in space to over 1,500.
SpaceX is one of the firms working on modern, high-speed, global internet service that could be used by ships at sea, people in isolated rural areas, and potentially trucks and heavy commercial vehicles.
“To date, over half a million people have placed an order or put down a deposit for Starlink,” said SpaceX operations engineer Siva Bharadvaj during a launch broadcast.
SpaceX is currently testing the service with consumers in North America and the United Kingdom for a fee of $499 for hardware and $99 per month.