SpaceX Rescheduled The Launch Of A Batch Of StarLink Internet Satellites
SpaceX canceled the launch of a new batch of microsatellites scheduled for Friday.
SpaceX explained the cancellation for technical reasons and clarified that everything is fine with the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and satellites. The team will spend additional time on pre-launch checks. The new launch date will be announced after it is agreed with the cosmodrome.
Microsatellites are owned by StarLink. They must log into a network that provides global Internet access. In this batch, 57 satellites will be sent into orbit.
The launch has already been postponed several times due to bad weather near the 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. They are designed for a multispectral survey of the Earth in the optical range with a resolution of about one meter.
The last batch of 58 StarLink satellites was launched on June 13. The current SpaceX orbital grouping already consists of 538 spacecraft.
SpaceX is already the largest satellite operator in the world. If the upcoming launch is successful, it will have about 600 spacecraft in orbit. The first 60 Starlink satellites went into space in may last year.
In the future, SpaceX plans to deploy an orbital grouping of 12 thousand spacecraft (and in the future – of 30 thousand upgraded satellites) 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 will provide Internet coverage for the entire territory of North America, and by 2021, almost the entire planet will be covered. The total investment in the project is estimated at $10 billion.