SpaceX announced that it has successfully completed the launch of another 60 satellites for the construction of the Starlink constellation. The company used a reused Falcon 9 rocket and was able to recover it after launch. It is recalled that the company has already managed to recover the rockets 48 times, for a total of 56 attempts. The last failure in this chapter took place in December 2018.
The Starlink network now has 240 satellites in orbit, confirming SpaceX as the largest private satellite operator. The goal is to make six more launches this year and, after 24 launches, to be able to provide broadband Internet access to Canada and the USA, reports Tech Crunch.
To face criticism that these satellites are having an effect on observing the night sky from Earth, Elon Musk’s company is experimenting with a darkening treatment of the devices before launch, among other mitigation measures.
The access network that will be provided will allow, even in remote areas or on board airplanes and ships, it is possible to view streams online and make audio or video calls.
Today’s launch was an attempt to recover the two halves of a layer that protects the cargo during take-off, using two ships equipped with large nets. This recovery will allow SpaceX to save six million dollars in each future launch.