SpaceX successfully completed its Starlink Group 3-2 launch mission on Friday, sending 46 Starlink broadband satellites into low Earth orbit. The mission, originally scheduled to launch at 10:39 AM PDT (17:39 UTC) on July 21, was aborted due to problems with valve sensor readings, and the launch was delayed by a day at the same time on July 22. This is SpaceX’s 32nd launch in 2022, breaking the previous record of 31 launches set in 2021. The B1071-4 propeller used by the Falcon 9 rocket has been flown on three previous missions and successfully landed on the Of Course I Still Love You unmanned barge despite heavy fog at sea during this launch. SpaceX has put more than 2,800 Starlink satellites into orbit so far, and it has another Starlink launch in July — Starlink Group 4-25 on July 24, followed by South Korea’s moon probe on August 2 Korean Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KLPO).
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