SpaceX will have 240 Starlinks in orbit after Tuesday launch

Pablo Tucker
January 30, 2020

The launch of 60 Starlink satellites was a part of SpaceX's aim of connecting the globe with the Starlink network and focussing on providing internet coverage all over the world. Two other rockets carrying Starlink satellites have already successfully launched and are now orbiting the Earth.

After Monday's planned launch was delayed due to high upper-level winds, SpaceX is about to try one again to launch its newest batch of Starlink communications satellites. With the latest successful launch, SpaceX now has around 240 satellites constellation, which is the largest in orbit to date.

With the launch, Falcon 9 rocket made its third flight and started its journey at 9:06 am EST from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Carnival Air Force Station situated in Florida.

Professional and amateur astronomers alike worry the reflectivity and radio emissions from the Starlink satellites, and rival constellations being built by competitors, will impact sensitive observations.

About eight minutes after liftoff, Falcon 9 completed its first stage, landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

After liftoff, SpaceX will use the Ms Tree and Ms Chief recovery vehicles to recover the two halves of the rocket.

SpaceX plans to launch into space about 12,000 Starlink satellites by 2024, and has revealed a bigger plan to launch 30,000 additional ones, bringing the total to 42,000.

Starlink is mulling to launch the broadband service in the Northern U.S. and Canada by 2020 and expand it globally by 2021. It is reported by The Verge that SpaceX needs to launch 6,000 satellites within the next five to six years for licensing obligations. "And then 24 missions gets us global coverage with no data gaps".

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