SpaceX Will Make A New Attempt To Launch StarLink Satellites On July 31
The American company SpaceX plans to make a new attempt to launch a Falcon 9 launch vehicle into orbit on July 31 with another batch of 57 mini-satellites to continue the deployment of the global Internet coverage of the StarLink system.
The launch, which was originally supposed to take place at the end of June, was postponed several times due to adverse weather conditions at the Cape Canaveral space center in Florida and the need for additional technical verification of the systems.
The next, seventh, launch attempt is expected for July 31 at 03:45 East Coast Time (10:45 GMT) from the LC-39A launch complex at NASA's Cape Canaveral spaceport.
In addition to the 57 StarLink satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket is to launch two small Earth remote sensing satellites, Global-5 and 6, from the American company BlackSky, into orbit. They are designed for a multispectral survey of the Earth in the optical range with a resolution of about one meter.
The launch should be the tenth to put a group of StarLink Internet satellites into orbit since May last year.
The previous batch of 58 StarLink satellites was launched on June 13. The current SpaceX orbital grouping already consists of 538 spacecraft. SpaceX is currently the largest satellite operator in the world.
In the future, SpaceX plans to deploy an orbital grouping of 12 thousand spacecraft of this type (and later - of 30 thousand) to create a full-scale network that will provide Earth's inhabitants with broadband Internet access in any corner of the planet. SpaceX said that in 2020, satellites would provide Internet coverage for the entire territory of North America, and by 2021, almost the entire planet will be covered. The total amount of investment directed to the project is estimated at $10 billion.