SpaceX will launch a batch of Starlink Internet satellites on November 8 from Florida, USA. The launch will mark the first Starlink satellite to be launched off the East Coast of the US in the past six months. According to SpaceX’s plans, they were supposed to launch 13 Starlink satellites in the first five months of 2021; however, so far the company has been able to launch a batch of Starlink satellites.
On September 1, SpaceX launched the 51st Starlink satellite. The space agency was scheduled to launch the second batch of Starlink satellites in the middle of November, but that has been postponed indefinitely. A few days ago, a few sources found Falcon 9 rocket booster making its way to the LC-40 launch pad, indicating that SpaceX will use the Falcon 9 rocket to launch Starlink satellites. This launch of Starlink satellites will be categorized under the first launch of the fourth group of Starlink satellites.
In its first phase, the space agency has plans to launch 4400 satellites in total, and this launch will be divided into five groups. According to different orbital altitudes and inclination angles, SpaceX has divided the satellites into different groups.
The first group of satellites was launched back in May 2021, and the Starlink satellite V1.5 that was launched in September marked the first launch of the second group of Starlink satellites. The fourth group has a total of 1584 satellites, just like the first group.
However, the fourth group of satellites will all be Starlink satellite V1.5 equipped with laser communication technology, unlike the first group. The third group consists of a total of 340 satellites, and the fifth group has 158 satellites in total.
The fourth group of satellites will ensure that the Starlink satellites achieve orbital communication so as to reduce the entire network connection.