SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites into space on ‘Star Wars Day’


AA | Wednesday, May 05, 2021 – 17:06 | Last Updated: 05 05 2021 – 17:06

SpaceX, the US rocket, satellite and space shuttle manufacturer, sent 60 communication satellites, which are part of the Starlink internet satellite network, to space on May 4, which is celebrated as “Star Wars Day”.

According to the news on the Space.com website, 60 new communication satellites, which will be part of the Starlink internet satellite network, were launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA with the SpaceX-produced Falcon 9 rocket.

The reusable Falcon-9 rocket returned to Earth 9 minutes after launch and landed on the company’s unmanned floating landing platform in the Atlantic Ocean.

This was the 26th launch of the company under the Starlink project.

References from Star Wars movies

The launch coincided with the May 4th Star Wars Day, celebrated by fans of the “Star Wars” movies created by US director George Lucas.

On the occasion of the celebration, the rocket carrying the satellites was named after the spaceship “Millennium Falcon” used by Han Solo in the movie Star Wars.

Before the launch, again inspired by the slogan used by the characters in the movies, the announcement “Let the power be with you” was made.

SpaceX plans to establish a network of 12 thousand satellites in earth orbit with Starlink satellites. The project is aimed to be completed in 2027.