SpaceX launched more Starlink satellites on Falcon 9, including three Planet SkySats

Saturday, 18 Jul, 2020

"SpaceX explained that its system easily clears the Commission's 100 ms threshold for low-latency services, even including its "processing time' during unrealistic worst-case situations", David Goldman, director of satellite policy, wrote in a May 29 letter to the FCC".

The company says it may launch up to 54,000 satellites before the Starlink program is truly ready to serve the planet with high-speed data connectivity. The company has permission to launch some 12,000 satellites as part of the project.

The tenth batch of 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network, will launch, accompanied by Earth observation micro-satellites for BlackSky Global as ride-share payloads.

The next mission is supposed to carry Planet's final three SkySats.

SpaceX confirms the successful deployment of 58 Starlink satellites on Saturday. Planet's skysats were deployed in 3 sequential maneuvers which begun 12 minutes after liftoff, while Starlink satellites deployed 14 minutes after that, or 26 minutes after liftoff.

According to The Sun, the goal of Starlink is to create a network that will help provide internet services to those who are not yet connected, and to provide reliable and affordable internet across the globe. SpaceX found a way to solve that issue, but it's still uncertain if it will last.

This historic launch will not be the only thing coming from SpaceX in the recent near future. The company already has 15 of these satellites in the orbit, and with 3 more satellites, that will be deployed on a seperate Starlink mission, Planet will complete its fleet of 21 Skysats. SpaceX's efforts to offer more value to the rideshare business reflects a recognition that other launch providers like Rocket Lab, which tailor specifically to that market segment, are significant potential competition to its overall bottom line. If everything goes as planned, a total of 602 satellites will be in space, along with other satellites to orbit this month.

Falcon 9's booster is developed to be reusable - it will make its comeback to Earth after detaching during the liftoff process and self-lands either on a launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida or on a drone ship at sea. SpaceX has recently posted on its official Twitter account a video footage of a space rocket launching into space.