For the first time in history, SpaceX was able to launch the same launch vehicle for the sixth time. There are 58 Starlink satellites at the top of the device.
SpaceX has launched another batch of Starlink satellites into orbit. The launch took place at 10:31 am US East Coast time (5:31 pm Moscow time) from the LC-40 launch site at NASA’s Cape Canaveral Cosmodrome in Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket launched today has already been in space and returned five times. It is now SpaceX’s first launch vehicle for the sixth time.
At the top of the rocket are 58 SpaceX Starlink satellites, as well as three small hitchhiking probes. Three more devices are SkySat Earth observation satellites operated by Planet. This is the second time SkySat satellites will be launched into orbit as part of the SpaceX Starlink mission; three SkySats also flew into orbit with 58 Starlink satellites in June 2020.
Starlink is a next-generation satellite network that, if successful, will be able to provide people around the world with broadband Internet access. SpaceX promises that the full Starlink system will deliver speeds of up to 1 Gbps with latencies ranging from 25 to 35 milliseconds. SpaceX did not disclose the cost of the terminal to the user and the monthly fee. But experts estimate that access to the system will cost about $ 100 a month.
SpaceX said its Starlink satellite internet project is in “incredible demand” from potential customers. Therefore, she asked the US authorities to increase the number of maximum possible users to 5 million. According to the company, 700,000 individuals across the US are ready to start using the Internet from Starlink.