The Falcon 9 launch vehicle on Friday, August 7, launched with a batch of 57 Internet satellites to deploy the Starlink global Internet coverage system. This is reported by SpaceX.
Now, this communication system includes 595 spacecraft in near-earth space.
The launch took place at 1:12 (8:12 Moscow time) at the cosmodrome at Cape Canaveral (Florida). The previous batch of 58 satellites was launched on June 13th.
Also, as an additional load on Falcon 9, two small spacecraft for remote sensing of the Earth Global-5 and six satellites of the American company BlackSky were launched into orbit. They are designed to carry out multispectral imaging of the Earth in the optical range with a resolution of about 1 m. These satellites sequentially separated from the second stage after 1 hour and 1 minute.
Recall that Starlink is a new generation satellite network, which, if successfully operated, will be able to provide people around the world with broadband Internet access.