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More than 40,000 Remaining: SpaceX Launches Sixty More High-Speed ​​Internet Satellites from Space |  Science and Planet

More than 40,000 Remaining: SpaceX Launches Sixty More High-Speed ​​Internet Satellites from Space | Science and Planet

The space company SpaceX launched sixty satellites into space yesterday. The mission is part of the launch of Starlink, the broadband network Elon Musk is developing. The goal of Starlink is to develop high-speed internet in the most remote places on Earth.


Last updated:
05-05-21, 14:24

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The Falcon-9 of SpaceX took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, as planned at 9:01 pm BST. On board the launch vehicle were sixty Starlink satellites, each weighing 260 kilograms. The launch can be followed up on the SpaceX website.

The first stage of the missile returned and landed accurately on the drone Of course I still love you That floated northeast of Florida. The stairs were on its ninth mission and it’s the oldest reusable space available on SpaceX. It was the 82nd time since 2015 that SpaceX has managed to regain the first stage. Thanks to this reuse, the launch cost is reduced.

Already 1565 Starlinks are in space

Just over an hour after launch, 60 satellites were launched at an altitude of 293 km near New Zealand in one go. 1,565 Starlinks have already been launched into space. By 2024, there should be approximately 12,000 satellites in space. SpaceX wants to eventually raise that number to 42,000.

1,565 Starlinks have already been launched into space © Photonews

Yesterday’s launch was the 26th mission for Starlink, the high-speed broadband network that SpaceX is building, and the constellation’s thirteenth launch this year. The first sixty satellites were launched two years ago.

10,000 beta users

Tesla President Elon Musk wants to use the satellite network to provide all over the world with high-speed broadband internet from space. The Internet is currently dependent on underground cables, but their installation is expensive and not always possible. Musk hopes to provide an answer to this on his satellite network.

SpaceX began offering Starlink as a beta service in October 2020 and now has about 10,000 trial users.

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