Starlink Constellation Underway as SpaceX Launches 60 Satellites

Starlink Constellation Underway as SpaceX Launches 60 Satellites

The booster was recovered by SpaceX using controlled landing on its seafaring drone ship 'Of Course I Still Love You' in the Atlantic ocean. This makes it possible for SpaceX to test if the launcher can actually be used ten times as intended

FREMONT, CA: Elon Musk owned SpaceX took a big leap towards its dream of making the internet available to the consumers. The company launched yet another sixty satellites on its Falcon 9 heavy rockets. Unlike the previous year's batch of satellites, these new ones do not require to be tested. They have been launched to form the constellation that shall provide uninterrupted internet connectivity.

SpaceX set another public record with the most number of flights by a Falcon 9 Launcher. This was the Falcon 9's fourth relaunch, lifting off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch took place on Veterans Day, commemorating military veterans, with SpaceX dedicating the flight to service members. The booster was recovered by SpaceX using controlled landing on its seafaring drone ship 'Of Course I Still Love You' in the Atlantic ocean. This makes it possible for SpaceX to test if the launcher can actually be used ten times as intended.

At present, network providers rely on wireless cell towers and routed cables to provide connectivity to customers. This means a lot of remote areas around the world still do not have access to the internet. The other available options are either too expensive or offer prolonged connectivity speeds. Traditional satellite internet providers beam internet coverage from a high orbital perch, with their satellites positioned in geostationary orbit. The long-distance the signal needs to travel makes it slow. SpaceX's Starlink constellation is set to operate at a much lower altitude, which will hopefully solve the problem of slow signals, providing reliable coverage at lower prices.

The company believes that in with another six to eight launches of the Starlink constellation satellites, they will be ready to provide satellite internet to the U.S. by mid-2020s. However, SpaceX is not the only company involved in the race. Several other companies, like OneWeb, Telesat, and Amazon, have also ventured into setting up a satellite network.

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