Launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, which delivered the seventeenth series of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit around the Earth.
The American private company SpaceX has successfully launched the seventeenth series of 60 satellites of the Starlink network into Earth’s orbit, which is to enable the connection to the Internet from anywhere on Earth in the future.
At the same time, it managed to re-land the same first stage of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, which the company used to transport cargo into space a record eight times.
There are currently 1015 Starlink satellites orbiting the Earth. The main goal of the project is to provide more affordable high-speed internet access worldwide, especially in rural and remote areas. SpaceX originally counted on 1440 satellites, but has already obtained approval for a total of 12,000. In the future, it is even considering a later expansion of the network using up to 30,000 satellites. Testing of this satellite Internet service so far, according to the company, has shown that it is reliable. In addition to use in the US and Canada, the service is already offered to users in the UK.
The two-stage Falcon 9 took off from the space center on Cape Canaveral in the afternoon CET. After launching the satellites into a predetermined preliminary orbit, the first stage of the rocket landed smoothly on SpaceX’s “Just Read the Instructions” floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean. The company’s second, main platform for the same purpose, “Of Course I Still Love You”, is now undergoing maintenance.
Just a month after the previous mission
The first stage, which has flown into space for the eighth time today, holds, in addition to this primacy, other “best” – it was used in the shortest time so far after the previous mission, which he performed a month ago. His accomplishments to date include launching four series of Starlink satellites or sending a new manned spacecraft, the SpaceX Crew Dragon, to the International Space Station (ISS) on a unmanned test flight two years ago in March.
SpaceX is trying to significantly reduce the cost of space flights and also increase their frequency by reusing carriers. Since the beginning of this practice, the company has already managed 72 successful landings with first stages, which were then reused in 51 cases. Today’s launch is the second flight of the Falcon 9 this year. Last year, SpaceX performed a record 26 flights and this year, according to Space.com, wants to increase this record to 40.
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