The private American aerospace company SpaceX has successfully launched the 12th batch of Starlink microsatellites, numbering 60 spacecraft. In total, the company has already launched 713 satellites for the orbital constellation of the future satellite service of broadband Internet access SpaceX Starlink.
The launch was originally planned for Sunday, in parallel with the SAOCOM 1B satellite delivery mission, but plans were thwarted by bad weather conditions caused by typical summer thunderstorms in the area and the launch had to be postponed.
As a result, today, at 8:46 EST (15:46 Moscow time), a Falcon 9 rocket was launched from the launch complex 39A of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and 15 minutes later, a batch of Starlink microsatellites was launched into low Earth orbit.
After that, the first stage of the launch vehicle was successfully landed on an autonomous offshore platform called “Of Course I Still Love You”, located in the Atlantic Ocean. It was the second launch of the launch vehicle since the launch of the third-generation GPS III global navigation system satellite for the US Space Force in June this year.
Kate Tice, Senior Certification Engineer at SpaceX, revealed during a webcast that the company plans to launch a public beta version of the Starlink internet service later this year. In the meantime, the Internet service is being tested with the participation of employees. According to Theis, testing has demonstrated data download speeds above 100 Mbps and “ultra-low latency“.
“Our latency is low enough to play the fastest online games, and our download speed is fast enough to stream multiple HD movies at once, with extra bandwidth.“, – noted Keith Tice.
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