Another busy period in spaceflight is underway with three Falcon 9 rockets with Starlink payloads and the first test flight of India’s Gaganyaan crew-capable spacecraft. Starlink 6-23 flew – ahead of 6-24 – from Space Launch Complex (SLC) 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS) in Florida, while Starlink 7-5 flew out of SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB) in California. These three missions together carried 66 Starlink v2 Mini satellites to low-Earth orbit.
India was also scheduled to launch a test abort of the Gaganyaan crew-capable spacecraft, similar in principle to the July 2019 Orion AA-2 test from Cape Canaveral. However, the test aborted just before liftoff. Another attempt was scheduled for the same day, and the flight was successfully completed.