On Monday, SpaceX conducted the first of two Starlink launches this week from each coast of the United States. The first was the launch of the Starlink Group 6-1 mission at 6:13 PM EST (23:13 UTC) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
The Starlink Group 6-1 mission was the first to carry Starlink’s next-generation satellite version, Starlink v2. SpaceX started launches in support of Starlink’s second generation constellation, Starlink Gen 2, back in December 2022 with the Group 5 missions. However, these have been carried out by launching Starlink v1.5 satellites instead of the upgraded Starlink v2 satellites making the debut on this mission.