During this week, SpaceX would once again try to lift the first 60 members of their Starlink Internet-satellite omega constellation. If everything goes as per plan, the 60 spacecraft would launch on top of a Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday night from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This was announced by SpaceX through Twitter on 20th May. One can view the lift-off, which would also feature an attempt of rocket-landing on a ship at sea at space.com when the time arrives. This will be courtesy of SpaceX or directly through the spaceflight company.
The Starlink satellites were initially scheduled to launch on 15th May but that attempt was called off because of high winds. SpaceX had called off yet another try on the following night in order to update software and also conduct additional checks. SpaceX tends to envision that the Starlink network would provide affordable access of internet to people all over the world. Still, this will not happen immediately. Around 400 satellites would be required to provide minimum coverage and 800 satellites for a moderate level of coverage. This was specified by the founder and CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk. The representatives of the company said that the constellation could grow well beyond those numbers, which could eventually consist of close to 12000 satellites.
The launch on Thursday would be the second on to loft Starlink satellite. Last year in February, a Falcon 9 had delivered to orbit two prototype craft known as Tintin A and Tintin B. Starlink happens to be a key part of the ambitious exploration plans of SpaceX. The company intends to use revenue from the constellation to develop and also build their Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy Rocket. These are designed to take place to and from Mars and in other distant places.
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