BROOMFIELD, Colo. — SpaceX launched the first set of upgraded Starlink satellites for its second-generation constellation Feb. 27, featuring increased capacity and new technologies.
A Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 6:13 p.m. Eastern. The company postponed the launch by nearly five hours because of what it called a “space weather concern” linked to a recent geomagnetic storm.
The rocket deployed its payload, a set of Starlink satellites called Group 6-1, a little more than an hour after liftoff, following a second burn by the rocket’s upper stage to place them into orbit at altitudes of 365 to 372 kilometers. The rocket’s booster, on its third flight, landed on a droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.