The company launched more satellites to reach its planned total “mega-constellation” of 12,000
The company launched its 26th deployment of 60 Starlink satellites overnight, adding to its “constellation” of more than 1,000 low-orbiting satellites providing high-speed Internet access to remote communities.
During the launch webcast, SpaceX operations engineer Siva Bharadvaj said, “To date, more than half a million people have placed an order or deposited a deposit for Starlink.”
Deployment of 60 Starlink Satellites Confirmed, Completing SpaceX’s 10th Starlink Mission This Year pic.twitter.com/gm7U3qDL44
– Starlink (@StarlinkPage) May 4, 2021
The launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida was the ninth launch and landing using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.
Starlink’s initial “beta” Internet services are currently provided in the United States and select countries, with a limited number of users per coverage area.
The launch of more satellites to the planned total “mega-constellation” of 12,000 satellites, along with the corresponding installation of ground stations, aims to provide full coverage of the Earth and drive at increased speeds and speeds. at lower latency.
The valuation of parent company SpaceX last month soared to $ 74 billion as it reportedly raised $ 1.16 billion in new funds, with rumors abounding of a possible IPO of the Starlink branch.
Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, previously said that Starlink is “the right kind of business that we can go ahead and make public.”