SpaceX successfully launched 60 Starlink Internet satellites


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SpaceX successfully launched 60 Starlink Internet satellites

SpaceX Company intends to create a world-wide accessible Internet within the Starlink project, putting 12,000 communication satellites into near-earth orbit. In May, the launch of the first sixty satellites was to take place, but the mission was postponed two times in a row: first because of the strong wind and then because of the need to check the equipment. Finally, a week after the start of the series of problems, the company successfully launched a dozen satellites – the launch took place from Cape Canaveral on May 24 at 5:30 am Moscow time.

As mentioned earlier, the launch vehicle was a Falcon 9 launch vehicle, into which 60 satellites were loaded at once. Each of them weighs 227 kilograms, that is, their total weight was 13.6 tons. If we take into account other weights, then the Falcon 9 rocket had to lift into the air a mass equal to 18.5 tons – this is a record for SpaceX rockets.

The rocket delivered satellites to an altitude of 440 kilometers, but they will work at a 550-km altitude, reaching it with the help of their engines. It is noteworthy that the devices have limited functionality – they can move and communicate with the Earth, but they cannot yet exchange information with each other. Probably, satellites that will go into orbit in the near future will be capable of this.

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