This week, SpaceX launched 60 additional Starlink satellites. The year began by Elon Musk’s SpaceX with the launch in its Starlink constellation of 60 satellites.
This launch began with the delivery of satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on an orbit of 290 km (approximately 180 miles) above Earth. Through mid-2020s, the company plans to launch nearly 12,000 satellites. After a successful launch, SpaceX will have 180 spacecraft in orbit.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the satellites. The first stage returned to the earth and landed on the drone ship. This is the first start of the year for SpaceX and the third launch of the Starlink.
The goal of SpaceX’s Starlink mission is to provide users around the world with constant high-speed Internet connectivity. Consumers only need a small computer on the table, just a laptop for Internet access.
In areas where connectivity has become poor, expensive or entirely inaccessible, Starlink provides fast, secure internet.@starlink
Musk said SpaceX will need at least 400 Starlink satellites in orbit and 800 satellites in orbit for “moderate” coverage. Yet SpaceX is not the only one: OneWeb, TeleSat and Amazon also plans to build similar constellations for the Internet.
SpaceX uses a previously flown Falcon 9 company rocket. Within the next month, the company plans to launch two new missions with 60 satellites. This year, the goal is to launch one rocket filled with 60 satellites every few weeks.
In order to provide global internet coverage from space, SpaceX will launch a gigantic amount of satellites to low orbit.
SpaceX already has approval to launch nearly 12,000 satellites and the company recently requested access from the International Telecommunications Union, an international satellite regulator, to launch an additional 30,000 satellites.