The American company SPACEX using the Falcon 9 carrier missile implemented the next launch into space 60 Starlink communication satellites. Moreover, the first stage of the carrier rocket, which has previously used in nine launches, has again successfully driven on the marine platform.
The Falcon 9 rocket started from the site of the cosmodrome at Cape Canaveral in Florida at 02:42 local time (09:42 MSK). About nine minutes after the start, the first stage of Falcon 9 returned to Earth and successfully sat on the Spacex floating platform called “Just read the instruction”.
Another successful start allowed Spacex to establish a kind of record, because never before the same stage Falcon 9 was not used ten times. It is also worth noting that this is the second launch of Starlink satellites into space in one week. The previous party of Internet satellites was launched on May 4, however, on another rocket. However, the frequency of the launch is impressive.
«The first reuse of the SPACEX rocket of the orbital class took place within the framework of the SES-10 mission back in March 2017. Since then, we certainly have passed a long way, “said Michael Andrews, the head of the Spacex supply chain manager.
In 2020, Spacex carried out record 26 launches, and now nothing suggests that Ilona Mask (Elon Musk) intends to slow down the pace. This year, Spacex has already conducted 14 launches, in each of which the returned Falcon 9 steps were reused. In 11 cases, the company deposited new StarLink devices to orbit.
Spacex has created a huge satellite network in the Earth’s orbit, which currently consists of more than 1600 devices. With this network, the company intends to provide stable access to the Internet from anywhere in the planet. At the moment, the Starlink network in test mode is available in the USA, Canada and some European countries. Large-scale commercial network deployment should take place later this year. It should also be noted that Spacex has concluded a contract with the US Army, in which the StarLink network will be tested for use for the needs of the military.