SpaceX Launches Internet Satellites | KFI AM 640

Pablo Tucker
August 7, 2020

The BlackSky Global spacecraft will deploy sequentially beginning 1 hour and 1 minute after liftoff, and the Starlink satellites will deploy approximately 1 hour and 33 minutes after liftoff.

The tenth Starlink mission was set to be launched in June but was postponed several times due to technical issues and weather conditions. There's also a backup opportunity scheduled for Saturday, August 8 at 12:50 AM EDT (Augut 7 at 9:50 PM PDT).

After weeks of hold off, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sent up 57 more satellites for its Starlink broadband net constellation, with two BlackSky planet-viewing satellites hitching a trip. The booster flew alone back to a touchdown on a drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean - a rocket restoration treatment that has now turn into regimen.

Successful landing of the first stage will allow it to be reused. They represent the first full batch of spacecraft outfitted with sunshades to reduce the glare from their antennas. The "Visor Sat" layout was produced to reply to worries about past satellites' interference with astronomical observations.

The Starlink batch launched today was deployed in a circular orbit, similar to how the first four starlink missions were deployed. Starlink aims to provide low-latency, high-speed broadband to customers who don't now have great access to that kind of connectivity, with a beta set to start in parts of the US and Canada this year.

Friday's launch marked a busy week for the commercial space company.

Starlink is a broadband constellation that will provide satellite internet access to the masses across the globe, particularly in remote regions.

BlackSky, which has offices in Seattle as properly as Virginia, organized to have two of its 110-pound Earth observation satellites flown on this mission, under the phrases of SpaceX's Smallsat Rideshare Program.

This is the 10th launch for the Starlink project since the first one in May 2019, and brings the total number of its satellites in low-Earth orbit to 595 - with more on the way. BlackSky is a subsidiary of Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries, while LeoStella is a 50-50 joint venture involving Spaceflight Industries and Europe's Thales Alenia Space.

BlackSky is in the process of building its satellite array.

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