Today, SpaceX, as part of its mission to launch another batch of 60 Starlink Internet satellites, used the first stage of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, which had previously been used 8 times. Thus, a new return record was set: an American company used the first stage 9 times for the first time in the world.
Launch took place at 13:01 Moscow Time from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Soon after separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 was successfully planted on the Of Course I Still Love You unmanned barge in the Atlantic Ocean. Let’s remind: before overhaul, the stage must work out 10 launches, and the total life time laid down by the engineers theoretically reaches 100 missions.
This accelerator was previously used in the first demonstration flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, satellite launch for the RADARSAT Constellation, the SXM-7 spacecraft for Sirius XM, and five Starlink missions. By the way, the Falcon 9 fairing used this time was previously used to output the payload in the Transporter-1 mission, when Elon Musk’s company launched 143 satellites into orbit with a single rocket.
Interestingly, the previous Starlink mission took place literally 3 days ago, and by the end of the month SpaceX is going to launch at least 60 more satellites. Starlink customers in Better Than Nothing beta are currently purchasing a kit that includes a phased array dish antenna and Wi-Fi router for wireless satellite Internet connectivity. In the US, the starter kit costs $ 500 with a monthly subscription fee of $ 100, but the program is already operating in many countries. SpaceX is set to build a Starlink plant in Texas, as well as deploy satellite services by the end of the year in 25 countries. The company also recently applied to provide satellite Internet access for moving objects.
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