SpaceX will send 58 satellites for Starlink network this Saturday


The conditions for this run is favorable at 80%.

Saturday, June 13, in the branch of the company SpaceX, the division of the global Internet network control Starlink — plans to launch 58 satellites of the 120 previously announced. They want to fill any existing orbital group, reports the with reference to Country.

The launch of “clusters” of satellites is scheduled to perform on a heavy carrier rocket Falcon 9 from launch complex LC-40 launch site at Cape Canaveral (Florida). The time window for this opens on 13 June at 05:51 by East coast time USA (12:51 Kyiv time).

It will be the ninth launch of the group’s online satellites, starting in may of last year in the framework of the project Starlink. The current orbital constellation SpaceX already consists of 480 spacecraft and is the largest in the world.

After about 15 minutes the satellites, each weighing 260 kg, will be launched into elliptical orbit from 212 to 386 km. After the test of SpaceX engineers their performance satellites using its own ion propulsion will rise on a regular orbit with altitude of 550 km.

In the framework of the program accompanying the launch, the rocket will also have to launch three small spacecraft with a mass of 100 kg remote sensing of the Earth SkySat company Planet Lab. Her group is already composed of 15 satellites capable of generating images of the Earth with a resolution of about 72 inches.

According to the weather forecast, the conditions for the upcoming launch of a favorable 80%.

After separation from the launch vehicle, the Falcon 9 reusable, its first stage, which has twice been used for runs, will have to perform a controlled landing on offshore platform auto Of Course, I Still Love You, located in the Atlantic ocean 630 km from the launch site at Cape Canaveral.

As reported, the previous batch of Starlink 60 satellites were launched on 4 June.

In the future SpaceX plans to deploy a constellation of 12 thousand spacecraft of this type (and in the subsequent 30 thousand) to create a full network which will provide the inhabitants of the Earth broadband access to the Internet in any corner of the planet. SpaceX announced that in 2020, the satellites will provide Internet coverage of the entire territory of North America, and by 2021 will cover almost the entire planet. The total investment for the project is estimated at $10 billion.