SpaceX launched into orbit the third batch of 60 satellites of the global access system


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SpaceX launched into orbit the third batch of 60 satellites of the global access system

On the night of January 7, SpaceX, an American space company, successfully launched the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, which launched into orbit 60 satellites of the Starlink global Internet access system being developed by SpaceX. The mission was broadcast on the company's website. This launch was the third in a series of Starlink projects.

The launch vehicle with satellites was launched from the SLC-40 launch complex of the US Air Force base located on Cape Canaveral, at 5 hours 19 minutes Moscow time. The first-stage compartment (the reusable booster block was used for the fourth time) went smoothly, and eight and a few minutes after the start she landed on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.

An hour after the launch of the rocket, all the satellites were simultaneously launched into orbit at an altitude of 290 kilometers. According to the SpaceX plan, after checking the systems, Starlink satellites should go into a working orbit up to 550 kilometers high using their own engines. At the same time, the surface of one of the satellites launched today was specially darkened to make the apparatus less noticeable – earlier, some astronomers noted that Starlink satellites could interfere with their work.

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Successful deployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed!

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Recall that earlier SpaceX received permission from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to put into orbit nearly 12 thousand satellites of the Starlink system. It is assumed that the satellites will be in low orbits and will be able to provide access to the Internet around the planet. In 2018, SpaceX launched two Starlink test satellites into orbit, and the company launched the first batch of 60 system satellites in May 2019 (later communication with three devices was lost). The company noted that for a minimum coverage of the Earth’s surface with a Starlink system signal, 420 satellites would need to be launched, and for a average SpaceX coverage, a total of 780 vehicles would be put into orbit. The launch of the second batch of 60 Starlink satellites took place in November last year, and the next is scheduled for late January.

At the end of October, the founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, posted a microblog entry uploaded via Starlink satellites. “I'm sending this tweet through space using the Starlink satellite,” Musk wrote. "Wow, it worked!" He then answered the first record.

Other companies are developing similar satellite internet systems. So, in February, the Russian Soyuz launch vehicle successfully launched six satellites of the OneWeb global Internet system into orbit. In addition, in April, Amazon announced the intention to create a system called Kuiper.

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