SpaceX 60th mission completed! with the launch of 54 Starlink satellites to low earth orbit by Falcon 9
SpaceX successfully launched Falcon 9 rocket with another batch of 54 Starlink satellites to low earth orbit this Wednesday from Florida Cape Canaveral. This launch was its 60th mission of the year.
For those who don’t know SpaceX Starlink is the constellation of network satellites that is aimed to provide internet service to those who are not yet connected. It transmits signals directly to cell phones.
“Under our new license, we are now able to deploy satellites to new orbits that will add even more capacity to the network.”
“Ultimately, this enables us to add more customers and provide faster service, particularly in areas that are currently oversubscribed.” – Jesse Anderson, a SpaceX production and engineering manager, said during live launch commentary.
Nineteen minutes after leaving the ground, the stack of 54 Starlink satellites was released all at once. Slowly spreading out like a splayed deck of cards. Over the coming hours, days, and weeks, those satellites will naturally spread out, deploy solar arrays, stabilize their attitudes, test their payloads, and begin to move toward an operational orbit somewhere between 480 and 580 kilometers (300-360 mi) above Earth’s surface.