SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink Internet satellites in 100 more Falcon 9 launches

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In a one-time exposure, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket caught fire ascending from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with 60 Starlink Internet relay satellites. This was the company’s 23rd launch this year, the 100th for the Workhorse Falcon 9 since the rocket’s launch in 2010 and the record seventh flight of the first phase of the booster.

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SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 rocket from Falkina on Tuesday night, marking the company’s 100th and 23rd overall this year. The rocket set another set of 60’s Starlink Internet Satellites Entering the orbit of the seventh flight using the record of the first stage.

This The latest batch of Starlinks Internet relays designed to provide broadband services to customers anywhere on Earth have pushed the total number launched by SpaceX to 955 as it continues to build globe-spreading galaxies of satellites. Thousands more satellites are planned.

The nine engines of the well-traveled booster ignited at 9:13 ET at night, throttle to full power and quickly propelled the thin rocket over a bright jet of flaming exhaust at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, far from Pad 40.

The lift came three days later than planned due to the F-Wind which delayed the first phase engine test firing and rough weather in the-F-Shore booster recovery zone.

But it clearly came out on Tuesday as the 30-story tall Falcon 9 was split over the Atlantic Ocean, which was a spectacular early evening performance for area residents and tourists.

The first phase of the rocket was making a record seventh voyage out of the lower atmosphere, becoming SpaceX’s Falcon 9 “fleet leader”. One and a half minutes after launch, the nine Merlin 1D engines have been shut down and separated from the second phase of the Falcon 9.

While the second phase advanced into orbit at the power of its single vacuum-rated engine, the first phase sank back to Earth, guiding itself to a picture-perfect landing on the awaiting SpaceX droneship. Touchdown marks the company’s 67th successful booster recovery, its 46th at sea and its second landing in two days.

Elon Musk, The founder and chief designer of SpaceX, said that the Falcon 9 “Block 5” should be able to fly up to 10 times without any major overall in the first phase and up to 100 times with scheduled observations and maintenance.

In any case, just seconds after the booster came down on the “Cf course I still love you” scam, the second phase of the Falcon 9 stopped and six minutes later, 60 Starlink Internet relay satellites were released to fly on their own. Happened. .

SpaceX is currently testing an early Starlink service in parts of Canada and in the northern US. The company has now given regulatory approval to launch thousands of satellites in six orbiting planes to provide seamless broadband to commercial receivers anywhere on Earth, not only to lat latitude service.

Independent space analyst, astrophysicist Jonathan M. Cadowell said it appears that Star 54 Starlinks has been deliberately disrupted to date, with six others re-entering after possible failures and 18 others not appearing to be maneuvering. By that count, 817 Starlinks are expected to be operational early Sunday.