- Sep 22, 2021
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched 60 more Starlink satellites into the orbit on 18th October from the Kennedy Space Center; another set of satellites are awaiting launch are scheduled to take place on October 22 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The latest launch marks the 835th Starlinks launched, including the two prototype satellites launched in 2018, aimed at delivering high-speed internet. However, SpaceX has more planned in this regard; the company is aiming to launch at least 120 new Starlinks every month. Sunday’s flight marked SpaceX’s second Falcon 9 flight since October 2, and the 19th Falcon 9 flight so far this year.
At 8:25 AM Eastern Time on October 18, the Falcon 9 rocket carried a total of 60 Starlink satellites. After the launch, which was done successfully, the first stage booster and the fairing of the rocket were recovered.
The Starlink plan could be traced far back to the year 2015 when SpaceX CEO Elon Musk had announced and laid out the pan for a satellite Internet service. It was later given the name of Starlink.
SpaceX’s more elaborate plans include launching about 12,000 communication satellites into orbit to bring fast broadband Internet services to its users globally. In addition to the nearly 12,000 satellites that have been approved, the company has also applied for the launch of 30,000 satellites.
Previously, in July of this year, SpaceX told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the Starlink division can build up to 120 Starlink satellites per month, and invest more than $70 million a month to develop and produce thousands of user terminals.
In a report submitted to the Federal Communications Commission by SpaceX, it shows that the company is further planning to launch 120 Starlink satellites into orbit every month, and would also produce thousands of user terminals every month.