The Launch Of Another Batch Of SpaceX StarLink Mini-Satellites Postponed Again
The American company SpaceX postponed the launch of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle with another batch of 57 mini-satellites on August 1 to continue the deployment of the global Internet coverage of the StarLink system on August 1.
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, eighth launch attempt is expected to be made on August 1 at 03:21 Eastern time (10:21 GMT) from the launch complex LC-39A at the NASA space center at Cape Canaveral.
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. 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 launch 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 global 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.