SpaceX successfully completes its first Starlink satellite rideshare launch

Rodiano Bonacci
Июня 15, 2020

After the controversy unleashed by astronomers towards SpaceX and its Starlink constellation, the company of Elon Musk has made a decision to resolve the situation: implementing a new strategy to reduce the amount of light that satellites reflect on Earth.

Meanwhile, SpaceX's lead manufacturing engineer Jessie Anderson spoke about the launch and said that the contract for the three SkySat satellites was signed six months earlier. In total, it plans to launch about 12,000 satellites. A customer of the company, "Planet" used SpaceX's facilities to send 3 of its own high resolution satellites on this mission. It seems that the company will launch rockets into space more frequently in the coming period.

The Falcon 9 rocket launched the satellites, then returned safely to Earth, landing on the drone. The Falcon 9's booster is designed in such a way that it can be reused which means it can to earth after detaching during the launch process.

The launch, which went off as scheduled at 5:21 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's launch complex 40, deployed 58 small satellites, loaded inside the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket, to low-Earth orbit.

The company's website explains: "With performance that far surpasses that of traditional satellite internet, and a global network unbounded by ground infrastructure limitations, Starlink will deliver high speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable". 60 satellites to be sent to space will join 482 satellites already in orbit. Announced previous year, the SmallSat project is Musk's vision of offering an affordable satellite deployment route for small scale satellite operators that serve in different industries.

SpaceX is getting ready to launch three Internet-satellite batches within 18 days in June. At this pace, Starlink should reach about 10 percent of its target capability within the next one year, and each SpaceX trip will also be an opportunity for satellite operators wanting a ride to space.

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