Elon Musk’s private spaceflight company, SpaceX, has successfully launched the fourth batch of the Starlink Satellites into the orbit and also performed a rocket landing on January 29, 2020.
With the launch, Falcon 9 rocket made its third flight and started its journey at 9:06 am EST from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Carnival Air Force Station situated in Florida.
As reported by Space.com, Falcon 9 rocket carried 60 Starlink satellites for SpaceX’s, and it played a significant role in increasing the number of satellites in the constellation. The successful launch has made the SpaceX Starlink constellation one of the biggest in orbit to date.
A few days ago, SpaceX was forced to postpone the Starlink 3 launch mission due to strong upper-level winds. The private spaceflight company then focused on executing the task successfully on January 29.
Falcon 9 rocket, which was the star of the mission, was firstly named as B1051.3 by SpaceX. Previously it took Crew Dragon capsule to the space station (Demo 1) as a part of the uncrewed mission of SpaceX.
SpaceX designed the Falcon 9 in such a way that it can fly up to 10 times with minimum modifications and service. The first stage of the rocket gently touched SpaceX’s drone ship landing platform named “Of Course I Still Love You,” after its successful launch.
The launch of 60 Starlink satellites was a part of SpaceX’s aim of connecting the globe with the Starlink network and focussing on providing internet coverage all over the world. All the Starlink Satellites weigh around 220Kg and are identical. With the latest successful launch, SpaceX now has around 240 satellites constellation, which is the largest in orbit to date.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said that they will need around 400 satellites for minimal coverage and about 800 satellites to provide moderate coverage. As the company has come halfway to achieve the minimum coverage goal, the global internet service can start anytime this year. As per the speculations, the first places to receive internet connectivity will be the US and Canada.