After delaying for several days due to technical and external issues, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket took off with 60 Starlink satellites 24th May. The rocket deployed Starlink satellites in the desired orbit successfully and made a smooth landing on the mothership. To bring high-speed broadband internet to the remote areas of the United States of America, SpaceX is launching the Starlink satellites. This launch of Falcon 9 marked the second deployment of the batch of 60 satellites, which will be the part of the more prominent mega constellation of the Starlink satellites.
These Starlink satellites took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force base and were deployed an hour later in Low-earth orbit. According to SpaceX, the Starlink project will provide the internet speeds of One Terabyte per second of bandwidth once completed. The company has already launched the first batch of 60 satellites, now, they’ve added 60 more to the constellation. As this is the ambitious project of SpaceX, the company is planning to perform seven more launches by the end of this year. By the next few years, the company is expected to have 12,000 satellites around the earth in the constellation to provide high-speed broadband internet.
Elon Musk said in a press conference that the satellites would be deployed rotationally with each payload having different inertia, putting them in the desired orbit. The upper stage pushed the payloads with spring-based mechanism, and they will spin in Low-earth orbit ( 273 Kilometers) above the earth surface. SpaceX is the first company to attempt creating the LEO ( Low-earth Orbit) communication network for public usage. Also, this is the first time SpaceX has deployed such a large payload of 60 satellites. SpaceX is not the only one in the race of affordable internet through satellites. OneWeb and Amazon are working on the projects to launch similar satellites and provide high-speed broadband services to the public.
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