SpaceX’s Balkan-9 departed from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 9:01 pm Belgian time. The launched vehicle had sixty Starling satellites, each weighing 260 kilograms. You can follow this release on the SpaceX website.
The first rocket came back level and landed beautifully on the droneship Of course I still love you It floated in the northeast of Florida. Staircase was in its ninth function and is the oldest reusable space available on SpaceX. For the 82nd time since 2015, SpaceX has been able to recover the first phase. Thanks to this reuse, the cost of publishing is reduced.
Already 1,565 Starlinks in space
Within an hour of launch, 60 satellites were launched simultaneously at an altitude of 293 kilometers near New Zealand. 1,565 Starlinks have already been launched into space. By 2024, about 12,000 satellites should be in space. SpaceX eventually wants to bring that number to 42,000.
Yesterday’s release is the 26th mission for Starling, the high-speed broadband network that SpaceX is building and the thirteenth launch for this year’s galaxy. The first sixty satellites were launched two years ago.
10,000 beta users
Tesla boss Elon Musk wants to provide high-speed broadband internet from space to all corners of the world using a satellite network. The internet is currently dependent on earth cables, but it is very expensive to install and not always possible. Musk hopes to provide an answer to this with his satellite network.
SpaceX began offering StarX as a beta service in October 2020 and now has approximately 10,000 test users.
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