After sending 60 satellites in May, SpaceX successfully succeeded in Florida yesterday track 60 satellites were launched.
The Falcon 9 rocket that sent these satellites to the sky made four exceptions, which is one of the important achievements of this mission. Musk believes that fully reusable rockets are the key to significantly reducing aerospace costs in the future.
In addition to this, the action also used the used payload fairings for the first time < /a>.
Because the fairings are long-term and expensive, accounting for about 10% of the Falcon 9 launch cost, recycling the fairing ensures that the future Falcon rocket launches are 80% reusable.
▲60 Starlink Satellites
The satellite was deployed more than an hour after launch. After the phase separation, SpaceX recovered the booster and two fairing halves in the ocean.
The ultimate goal of the Starlink project is to bring more than 42,000 Starlink satellites into orbit. SpaceX hopes to build a satellite constellation through these satellites to provide high-speed and stable broadband services on a global scale.
Because of the current, Internet users mainly rely on wiring to our place of life.Wireless cellular towers or cables to access the Internet, so when the satellites providing coverage are too far away, many remote and impoverished areas of the world cannot access the network.
Although several companies are providing networks to people by deploying small satellite networks in low-Earth orbit, their services are relatively expensive and the connection speed is slow.
SpaceX hope to change this, not only to allow Internet access in areas where there is no internet connection, but also to provide A reasonable price that a user can afford. In addition, Musk said space-based Internet services will also be SpaceX’s future important funding sources .
SpaceX President Gwynne ShOtwell stated that they hope to launch 360 on-orbit satellites as early as 2020 and begin to serve customers in the northern United States and parts of Canada.
This launch also means that SpaceX has taken another important step toward the goal of space Internet. After SpaceX was founded in 2002, the ultimate goal is to make people live on other planets.
But the Starlink project has a lot of challenges to solve.
Although the company’s Starlink project has been approved by regulatory authorities It can launch 12,000 satellites, but it will take a long time to achieve the number of satellites from the current 120 to a total of 42,000.
In addition, in the dark night sky, the satellite that lifted off last night reflected a dazzling metallic light, Some astronomers believe that the brightness of the satellite may interfere with our observations of the universe.
After a fierce controversy, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk responded on Twitter, the future will be Minimizes the reflectivity of the Starlink satellite surface, reducing the brightness of the satellite to reduce the light pollution it causes.
In addition, SpaceX’s next launch is scheduled to take place on December 4th at 12:48 pm ET.
Muske believes that this will also develop more advanced rockets and spaceships for us in the future to lay the foundation for life on Mars and the Moon.