Take off! SpaceX launches 60 new Starlink satellites aboard a recycled Falcon 9 rocket named after the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars
- SpaceX launched 60 new Starlink satellites into orbit at 3:01 p.m. ET on Tuesday
- The Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Kennedy Space Station in Florida
- This is the third trip the rocket has made into space to deliver satellites
- This is also the seventh time a Falcon 9 missile has landed on a ship
- There are currently more than 1,500 Starlink Internet satellites in orbit
SpaceX launched a new batch of Starlinks on Tuesday using a recycled Falcon 9 rocket to launch the Internet satellites into space.
The rocket launched at 3:01 p.m. ET from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida under a blue sky.
The ascent weather on the launch pad and the recovery weather over the drone ship were “fantastic” for takeoff and landing, the SpaceX host told the livestream minutes before the rocket launched.
Named the Starlink 25, the flight marks the Elon Musk company’s 13th mission in 2021 and the third time this Falcon 9 rocket has ventured into space.
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SpaceX launched a new batch of Starlinks on Tuesday using a recycled Falcon 9 rocket to launch the Internet satellites into space. The rocket launched at 3:01 p.m. ET from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida as blue skies blanketed the area
The Falcon 9 rocket ignited its nine Merlin engines shortly before launch and inflated a massive white cloud from the base. Then she flew into space.
After the delivery of the 60 Starlinks, the first stage of the rocket landed safely on the drone ship “Of course I still love you” in the Atlantic.
A Star Wars fan, Musk named SpaceX’s Falcon 9 after the Millennium Falcon from the popular movie.
SpaceX launched a series of Starlinks every month this year as part of Musk’s master plan to have 1,500 devices on Earth by the end of 2021.
In this way, SpaceX can provide better and faster internet to its currently 10,000+ paying customers.
SpaceX CEO Gwynne Shotwell said in a recent interview: “The total addressable market to go to market with a conservative outlook for commercial human passengers is likely around $ 6 billion, but the addressable market for global broadband is $ 1 trillion. Dollar.”
Named the Starlink 25, the flight marks Elon Musk’s 13th mission in 2021 and the third time the Falcon 9 rocket has ventured into space
On top of the Falcon 9 rocket is the fairing with the new batch of 60 Starlinks
“The overall addressable market for launch with a conservative outlook on commercial human passengers is likely to be about $ 6 billion,” she said, “but the addressable market for global broadband is $ 1 trillion.”
A Star Wars fan, Musk named SpaceX’s Falcon 9 after the Millennium Falcon from the popular movie
According to Tesmanian, if SpaceX got 25 million Starlink subscribers, it would generate about $ 30 billion each year.
This is ten times what the company makes as a startup provider, it added.
More than 10,000 users are connected to the Starlink satellite internet, according to a SpaceX filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in February.
The document states that the service “meets and exceeds 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps) for individual users” and many see latency “at or below 31 milliseconds.”
Just before launch, the Falcon 9 rocket ignited its nine Merlin engines, which blew a massive white cloud from the base, and then flew into space
After the 60 Starlinks were delivered into orbit, the first stage of the rocket landed safely on the “Of course I still love you” drone ship in the Atlantic
However, there are some drawbacks for users – besides the high cost, there are planned outages due to the limited number of satellites and the fact that Starlink is still in early testing.
The Starlink website states, “There will also be short periods of time when there is no connectivity at all.
“As we launch more satellites, install more ground stations, and improve our network software, data speed, latency, and uptime will improve dramatically.”
ELON MUSK’S SPACEX PUTS BROADBAND INTERNET INTO THE WORLD WITH ITS STARLINK CONSTELLATION OF SATELLITES
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched the fifth batch of its Starlink space internet satellites – 300 total.
They form a constellation of thousands of satellites designed to provide low-cost broadband Internet services from orbit.
The constellation, informally known as Starlink, is under development at the SpaceX facilities in Redmond, Washington.
Your goal is to beam super-fast internet from space into your home.
While satellite internet has been around for a while, it has suffered from high latency and unreliable connections.
Starlink is different. According to SpaceX, a “constellation” of satellites in low-earth orbit would provide fast, cable-like internet worldwide.
The billionaire’s company wants to create the global system to generate more money.
Musk previously said the company could provide a cheap way to get online for three billion people who currently don’t have access to the internet.
It could also help fund a future city on Mars.
Helping humanity reach the red planet is one of Musk’s long-established goals and has inspired him to launch SpaceX.
The company recently filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to put 4,425 satellites into orbit above Earth – three times as many as are currently in service.
“Once the SpaceX system is fully deployed, it will traverse virtually every part of the earth’s surface and therefore, in principle, have the ability to provide ubiquitous global service,” the company said.
“Any point on the earth’s surface will see a SpaceX satellite at any one time.”
The network will provide internet access to the US and the rest of the world, it added.
It’s expected to take more than five years and $ 9.8 billion (£ 7.1 billion) in investment, although satellite internet has proven to be an expensive market in the past and analysts believe the final bill will be higher.
Musk likened the project to “rebuilding the Internet in space” as it would reduce reliance on the existing network of undersea fiber optic cables that crisscross the planet.
In the US, the FCC welcomed the program to help more people connect to the Internet.