SpaceX is building and launching a constellation of up to 12,000, and potentially even 42,000, satellites for global internet connectivity.
The primary mission is to deliver the sixth batch of 60 of SpaceX's Starlink satellites to space, which will grow the total constellation size to 360.
SpaceX is launching its latest Starlink mission today, with a takeoff time of 8:16 AM EDT (5:16 AM PDT) now scheduled to take place at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
More internet satellites are on the way into orbit after launching from Kennedy Space Center Wednesday.Читайте также: Brexit talks cancelled due to COVID crisis, United Kingdom confirms
SpaceX is now managing to renew its Falcon 9 thrusters in approximately eight weeks, and will continue to seek to improve that, and eventually achieve even faster reuse with its Starship spacecraft, a successor to Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy that the company is now developing in Boca Chica, Texas.
Those looking to catch the launch may do so through SpaceX's live streaming service on its website.
The Falcon 9 rocket was then scheduled to liftoff from the historic Launch Complex 39A on Monday, but the launch was scrubbed once again, this time with only nine seconds left in the countdown due to a "violation of abort criteria". "Will announce next launch date opportunity once confirmed on the Range", SpaceX tweeted. These sections, which consist of the rocket's first stage and fairings, will be retrieved by the company and reused in future missions. SpaceX used the same booster to launch 10 Iridium Next satellites in July 2018, Argentina's Saocom-1A satellite in October 2018, the Indonesian Nusantara Satu satellite in February 2019, and the second dedicated Starlink mission in November.
SpaceX will also be aiming to recover the two fairing halves used to protect the satellite cargo on this launch, using two ships stationed at sea that have large nets strung across struts extending from their surface. Musk did not address if the engine outage was influential in SpaceX's inability to recover the booster, which was completing its fifth reflight - the highest SpaceX has attempted.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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