A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a thrice-flown first stage and a previously used nose cone fairing is poised for blastoff Monday on a Veterans Day flight to boost 60 Starlink internet relay satellites into orbit. The new batch of 60 satellites was launched from the Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
These satellites are being put in place because Space X is developing a broadband internet system for consumers around the world.
They continued and wrote that "The Falcon 9 rocket will fly with a first stage booster SpaceX has launched and recovered on three previous missions, including an Iridium satellite launch in July 2018 and the launch of an Argentinian radar observation satellite in October 2018, both from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California". This is one of six launches of Starlink satellites that SpaceX says will lead up to the launch of its service across the USA and Canada, and one of 24 launches that will enable global high-bandwidth broadband service. Re-flying the fairing could save SpaceX around $6 million per launch, per estimates CEO Elon Musk has previously shared.
SpaceX's facilities in Redmond, Wash., are playing a key role in building the Starlink satellites for that constellation.
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SpaceX promises to provide fast, reliable internet to areas with little or no connectivity, such as poorly served rural communities.
This results in increased payload carrying capacity and a greater number of on-orbit maneuvers for a spacecraft using Hall thrusters rather than traditional rocket engines.
SpaceX isn't the only one going after that ability with competitors including OneWeb, TeleSat and even Amazon eyeing the market. The compact flat-panel satellites - around 260kg each - will join 60 launched in May.
Densely packed together in the payload fairing are 60 Starlink communications satellites.
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About an hour after the liftoff, the Starlink satellites started to be deployed at an altitude of 280 kilometers.
After sending the satellites to space, the Falcon 9 first stage landed on the droneship "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic Ocean. He plans to start the service next year in the northern USA and Canada, with global coverage for populated areas after 24 launches.
Starlink satellites are capable of tracking on-orbit debris and autonomously avoiding a collision.
But the company ultimately plans to put thousands of Starlink satellites into orbit, and not everyone is overly enthused with the idea.
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