The launch will be carried out from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral.
SpaceX plans to launch a constellation of 60 Starlink microsatellites, designed to provide Internet access, into orbit using a Falcon 9 rocket on March 9, East Coast time. This is stated in a message posted on Monday on the company’s Twitter page.
“The launch of the Falcon 9 with 60 Starlink satellites is scheduled for tomorrow, March 9, at 21: 58 East Coast time,” the text says. It is noted that the weather forecast is favorable for the launch of the rocket and the subsequent return of its first stage. The launch will be carried out from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral (Florida).
SpaceX conducted the previous launch of 60 Starlink microsatellites on March 4.
The Starlink network is designed to provide Internet access by deploying many small spacecraft weighing up to 500 kg in near-Earth orbit. According to SpaceX, the launch of a total of 11 thousand satellites and their commissioning will cost $10 billion. By the end of 2018, SpaceX managed to raise $507 million for its project. One of the largest investors is Google, which previously intended to deploy its own satellite constellation in low-Earth orbit to provide Internet traffic.
In December 2018, SpaceX signed a $28 million contract with the US Air Force to test the Starlink system to view its possible use for military purposes. In May 2019, the first 60 Starlink vehicles were launched into space.