Interestingly, yesterday's launch of the Falcon 9 rocket was the first that SpaceX has made for almost three months. The previous one took place on August 6, when the company launched the Israeli communication satellite AMOS-17.
The Falcon 9 rocket with Starlink satellites on board set off into space yesterday at 15:56 Polish time. As usual, the launch took place from the SLC-40 (Space Launch Complex 40) launch platform of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station located at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Successful deployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed! pic.twitter.com/bpBqO9oYR3
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Falcon 9, which started yesterday, was in space for the fourth time in total. This time he also managed to land successfully, and on the barge Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean. For the first time in history, SpaceX has used one rocket four times.
The 60 Starlink satellites that the Falcon 9 launched into orbit are the second group of project satellites that are in space. Newer satellites, however, have been slightly improved over previous ones. Improvements have inter alia influenced the quality of signals sent by devices.
We remind you that SpaceX finally wants to put about 12,000 Starlink satellites in orbit of our planet. 4425 will hit high orbit, and the remaining 7,000 will be in a slightly lower orbit. Although, according to the American officials' clause, all satellites are expected to hit space in nine years, Elon Musk, who never lacks ambition, wants to close the entire operation in about six years.
60 Starlink satellites before launch Source: SpaceX
It is worth adding that network Starlink will offer the Internet, before all satellites are in orbit. When six satellites take place by mid-2020, SpaceX is expected to start sharing its space Internet over part of the United States.
Of course, not everyone likes SpaceX. Astronomers are particularly concerned about the Starlink project who are worried about how the satellite network will affect the process of observing distant space objects. The fears came to light after the first satellite launch when their cord looked like very bright stars in the night sky. Elon Musk at the time calmed down the research community, claiming that he ordered SpaceX to begin work on reducing vehicle albedo (the ratio of light reflected by it to the incident). However, SpaceX is not the only threat to astronomers. Other companies, such as Amazon, are also planning to create their own internet satellite networks.