Launching rocket which was carried out on Wednesday (18/1/2022) went through two stages. The first rocket took off at 21:02 local time.
Then, about nine minutes later the propellant rocket landed on Earth and landed right on the runway without a SpaceX crew named A Shortfall of Gravitas, on the Florida coast in the Atlantic Ocean.
Reported from Space, Thursday (19/1/2022) the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket launched to orbit then deploys the satellite 15 minutes after launch.
SpaceX has previously launched six special Starlink missions, including the GPS III-3 satellite for the United States military, the Turksat 5A satellite for Turkey, and the mission rideshare Transporter 2 that lifts 85 small satellites and three Starlink aircraft.
Whole spacecraft it has been launched since May 2019, except for two prototypes called TinTin A and TinTin B which first took off in February 2018.
Founder and CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk said that most of Starlink’s satellites are currently active and operating normally.
“1,469 active Starlink satellites, 272 moving into operational orbit. Laser link activated immediately,” wrote founder Musk via his Twitter account, Saturday (15/1/2022).
1469 Starlink satellites active
272 moving to operational orbits
Laser links activate soon
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 15, 2022
On the other hand, laser link refers to an upgrade that SpaceX will implement in 2021, allowing Starlink satellites to be able to connect to each other without relying on switching on the ground.
The successful landing of the spacecraft was the 103rd launch for SpaceX, which regularly reuses spacecraft in terms of efficiency and cost reduction.
SpaceX plans to launch even more satellites in the future. The reason is that Musk’s company has received permission from the US Federal Communications Commission to launch 12,000 Starlink satellites.
They have also submitted documents to International Telecommunication Union to add 30,000 satellite units.
However, Starlink is not the only product of the company working on a megaconstellation of the internet broadband to strengthen the network. Companies such as OneWeb are also building a network of 648 internet satellites and have launched nearly 400 satellites into orbit.
Meanwhile, the company Amazon has already announced plans to launch about 3,200 internet satellites of its own.
The United States-based company has applied for permits for its own megaconstellation project, launching around 13,000 satellites.
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