Another successful Falcon 9 launch from the Cape

SpaceX Successfully Launches 60 Starlink Satellites Into Space

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Liftoff is scheduled for 9:56 a.m. EST (1456 GMT). It's SpaceX's answer to a growing problem that is also attracting the attention of other players in the space industry.

This is SpaceX's second Starlink launch of the year.

They continued and wrote that "The Falcon 9 rocket will fly with a first stage booster SpaceX has launched and recovered on three previous missions, including an Iridium satellite launch in July 2018 and the launch of an Argentinian radar observation satellite in October 2018, both from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California".

SpaceX said the rocket is sending 60 satellites for their Starlink network, joining "a constellation of networked satellites known as Starlink" that were launched in May.

"We deployed 60 more Starlink satellites".




The spacecraft successfully deployed from Falcon 9 nearly an hour after leaving the ground at an elevation of 174 miles above Earth. These new satellites will debut performance and safety upgrades for SpaceX's broadband network, joining 60 other satellites that were launched last May.

SpaceX plans to continue launching Starlink satellites in batches and says it's targeting service to parts of the northern USA and Canada in 2020, according to Starlink's website. "And what they've actually put up there are really bright satellites". The nosecone is created to protect satellites during launch and is then normally discarded, but with an estimate cost of $6 million, SpaceX has made efforts to reuse this essential part. Musk and SpaceX's end goal with Starlink is to offer an early version of a high-speed global internet connection by late 2020, and eventually have 42,000 Starlink satellites in orbit. The same article indicated that SpaceX and its head, Elon Musk, reassured the astronomers that once the satellites get settled in place, "they would stop masquerading as the stars they are named for". The Falcon touched down on SpaceX's drone ship landing platform, coming in as the 45th booster recovery for the space company. The fairing encases the payload and is used to shield it from the aerodynamic forces during the initial ascent phase.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 satellites for the company's Starlink broadband internet constellation stands atop Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida ahead of a November 11, 2019 launch.

Actually, one of the 60 Starlink satellites propelling today may as of now have a glitch. SpaceX is studying the satellite to be sure. These will orbit Earth at 500 km to 1300 kms.

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