Published: Wed, January 08, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

SpaceX launches 60 more satellites and tries to defuse them - WSVN 7News

SpaceX launches 60 more satellites and tries to defuse them - WSVN 7News

Since internet services are one of the main demands in today's generation, StarLink made a decision to invest and provide a cheaper and wider scope of internet services around the globe through the launching of the 60 internet satellites on space.

Last night, SpaceX launched the first rocket of 2020 - and surpassed Planet Labs to become the largest private satellite operation, according to Ars Technica.

The satellites are created to provide high-speed internet and are positioned in orbit at an altitude of 290 km.

This launch took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and delivered the satellites to an orbit 290 km (around 180 miles) above Earth.

The take-off marked the first SpaceX launch of 2020 and the third Starlink launch to date. It makes SpaceX now the owner of the world's largest satellite fleet.

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This fourth use of the Falcon 9 booster is another record. Monday's launch puts the number of Starlink satellites now on orbit at more than 180. Once the review for each satellite is completed, its orbit will be raised utilizing the satellite's onboard Hall-effect thrusters.

Following Monday night's launch, SpaceX again recovered the rocket's first stage, landing it on a barge - dubbed "Of Course I Still Love You" - floating in the Atlantic Ocean. Nevertheless, SpaceX has announced that it will provide the astronomy groups with the satellite coordinates in advance so that they can avoid the bright overflight times.

Like previous fleets, SpaceX reportedly brought back the Falcon 9 with the first-stage booster for launching this mission.

Eventually SpaceX wants to put 12,000 up in low-Earth orbit. SpaceX explained its steps to address this by noting that despite the frequent launches, the satellites will re-orient themselves as they climb to their final target orbit which is 'significantly less visible from the ground'. Although the network is not expected to be fully operational this year, the company is looking to start some regional broadband services before the end of 2020.

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