SpaceX launches Starlink Satellites
SpaceX launched a fresh batch of 60 Starlink satellites this past Wednesday, as part of its Starlink mission. The Falcon 9 took off from Space Launch Complex 40 in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
What is Starlink?
The goal of Starlink mission is to provide high-speed low-latency broadband internet on a global scale through a mega constellation of internet satellites. Unlike conventional broadband where the internet is transmitted through cables wired into the ground, Starlink will connect users directly to a satellite and beam internet from space.
This latest batch of Starlink satellites was initially set to be released on May 17, but SpaceX called off the launch due to tropical storm Arthur and the mission was postponed until after Crew Demo-2 took place.
According to SpaceX, the satellites were deployed approximately 14 minutes and 54 seconds after liftoff. The latest launch also included the first Starlink satellite to have a sun visor system installed, after the company received several complaints from astronomers that the satellites’ brightness was interfering with their observational studies.
Kudos to Falcon 9
SpaceX also stated that the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket that carried this fresh batch, which was previously used and recovered 4 times, was successfully recovered during this mission as well, in the Atlantic Ocean by the “Just Read the Instructions” drone ship.
Last but not least, this latest mission has further cemented the reliability of a Falcon 9 rocket in terms of its reusability, and it’s only a matter of time before the Starlink network becomes fully operational!