It is expected that approximately 9 minutes after the launch, it will automatically descend to the Just Read the Instructions floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
The American company SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 launch vehicle on Thursday with another 47 mini-satellites for the Starlink orbital network. The broadcast is conducted on the company’s website.
The launch from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral (Florida) took place at 9:25 am U.S. East Coast time.
The first stage of the carrier has already been used for 10 launches. It is expected that approximately 9 minutes after the launch, it will automatically descend to the floating platform Just Read the Instructions in the Atlantic Ocean. The repeated use of rocket stages allows entrepreneur Elon Musk’s company to reduce the cost of putting vehicles into orbit.
The Starlink network is designed to provide Internet access by deploying a large number of devices weighing up to 500 kg. According to SpaceX, the launch of a total of 11 thousand satellites and their commissioning will cost $ 10 billion. The company assures that it will be able to provide broadband Internet with a traffic speed of 1 gigabit per second, which corresponds to the 5G standard. Since May 2019, SpaceX has already launched 2,234 mini-satellites into orbit.