Wednesday, 28 October, 2020

SpaceX Launches 60 More Starlink Satellites in Perfect Skies

Sandy Nunez | 17 October, 2020, 07:03

SpaceX reported the result on Thursday as the company launched another 60 satellites into orbit to power its upcoming Starlink service, which is created to eventually offer 1Gbps download speeds.

The launch happened at the company's staple launch facility in Kennedy Space Center, Florida, with a Falcon 9 rocket that had previously flown on a similar mission back in June.

The Starlink satellites will deploy approximately 14 minutes after liftoff.

SpaceX also managed to recover the Falcon 9 booster once again with a controlled landing at the "Of Course I still Love You" landing ship.

Starlink is SpaceX's ambitious plan to launch almost 12,000 satellites into low orbits around the Earth in order to provide broadband internet coverage to the Earth's surface. Tice said that SpaceX's service has demonstrated latency low enough to allow it to play the "fastest multiplayer" networked online games, and that it has also shown download speeds in excess of 100Mbps, which she added is fast enough to stream multiple HD video streams at once, with additional bandwidth to spare.

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The results are expected to be done at speeds that will, in turn, be the fastest available for different inter-satellite communications.

Elon Musk's SpaceX operation will launch 600 more satellites into space tomorrow as part of the Sterlink mission - bringing broadband to the world. United States users based in rural areas or small towns often only have access to download speeds below 5Mbps. Earlier, the firm had invited applications from enthusiasts to beta test the Starlink internet once it gets launched.

The company has been trying to build a constellation of these satellites, which will then provide globe spanning, high speed low latency Internet to everyone.

SpaceX completed a test with two satellites equipped with the crosslinks, which the company refers to as "space lasers".

After today's launch, SpaceX has put more than 700 satellites into orbit, more than the 400 needed to provide the initial operational capacity and close to the 800 needed to provide the significant operational capabilities.