SpaceX is now launching another batch of the Starlink satellites, bringing the total number of satellites in the constellation to about 600.
United States company SpaceX has postponed for an indefinite date the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket with the ninth group of Starlink satellites, the company said in a Twitter post, Trend reports citing TASS. This is another rideshare mission for SpaceX, organized under the program it introduced a year ago, which allows smaller operators to book rides on missions as part of shared payloads, allowing access to launch services for a starting price of around $1 million. It's also the 10th Starlink launch to date. If the company manages to complete both Starlink-9 and GPS III SV03 missions on time, it will have launched four separate launches only this month. Falcon 9 and its payloads, 57 Starlink satellites and 2 satellites from BlackSky, a Spaceflight customer, remain healthy. Next week, SpaceX has yet another launch scheduled for June 30 - a Global Positioning System satellite mission that is set to take off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
You can watch this week's launch on SpaceX's YouTube channel or the official website while getting constant updates from its Twitter account. SpaceX has plans to deploy 12,000 satellites by mid-2020s which can be potentially increased to even 42,000.
SpaceX's Starlink constellation aims to provide high-speed broadband internet all over the world directly from space with the low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. Starlink satellites will be deployed in a circular orbit, as was done on the first through fourth Starlink missions.