SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink Satellites to Orbit

The target of the Starlink program from SpaceX is simple: They are doing their best to establish a global network that won’t be restricted by traditional problems that are typical to ground infrastructure based networks. Starlink will provide high speed internet connection to places were traditional solutions were slow, expensive or unavailable at all.

The launch

Three months have passed since the last time SpaceX launched a rocket.

This Monday morning, SpaceX launched five dozen satellites into our planet’s orbit. The event is extremely important as it marks a big step forward the completion of the Starlink network and also a huge milestone for SpaceX: The 60 satellites constituted the heaviest payload ever launched by the agency, and it was done via a Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX tucked the five dozen small satellites into the payload fairing (commonly known as the nose cone). 

The company also sent an equally sized batch of satellites into orbit back in May.

Future plans

Government filings say that SpaceX is planning to send about 42,000 of these Starlink satellites in orbit. CEO Elon Musk highlights that this could help provide internet access to remote and less developed regions of Earth.

Concerns

Astronomers are concerned about the effect of all the satellites for the nighttime sky. Saida Caballero, director of Florida Tech’s Olin Observatory said:

“We’re focusing on all sky surveys and looking for things that change in the night, and when there’s a lot of satellites and constellations of satellites, that actually does show up in our observations, and it can lead us to misidentify something that’s actually not man-made vs. something that’s astronomical.”

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