SpaceX aims to create a global broadband internet service. Ahead of the upcoming milestone, the company has launched yet another 60 Starlink satellites. After all, it is the key ingredient if SpaceX will realize its goal. The venue was Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It took place on October 24 at 11:31 AM EDT. After 63 minutes, the satellites were already in orbit.
The launch was the 15th one that Space has carried out, which also saw its small satellites rise to 900 in the Earth’s low orbit. In the last two weeks, SpaceX has had three Starlink missions on October 6, October 18, and October 24. Each one of them sent 60 satellites into the Earth’s low orbit. On the October 18 launch, Starlink-1819 was said to have malfunctioned hence didn’t rise to the orbit likes its other 59 counterparts. That, according to Viasat, is an illustration that SpaceX is failing as far as the failure rate is concerned. It is also the 100th time that SpaceX is sending payloads into orbit. There has been 2 Falcon 1, 3 Falcon Heavy, and 95 Falcon 9 launches. However, there have also been downs, such as 1 Falcon 9 and 3 Falcon 1 launch failures.
The lift-off rocket, Falcon 9, was the same that has sent off the last bunches in the two previous launches earlier this year. It also launched its last batch in September. The booster recovery was also a success after it landed safely on a floating autonomous landing ship known as ‘Just Read the Instructions’ in the Atlantic Ocean. The newest pilot partner is Texas’ Ector County Independent School District. Next year, through SpaceX’s Starlink network, it will have a low latency broadband connectivity. By the end of the exercise, 45 households will be connected to the same. Hopefully, the number will increase to 90 in the future as the constellation expands. Then, it will also be possible for it to come online.
With such dedication, the future of broadband service is bright. That’s regardless of how rural one’s area is or how hard it can achieve it in the past. The exciting part is excellent latency and speed. As of now, the constellation is relatively large. However, SpaceX has a long way to go, given that it targets delivering the services to the expected target. As a matter of fact, the satellites will increase up to tens of thousands in the future to become possible. At the moment, large geosynchronous satellites are offering the same. Nevertheless, the reliability and latency that they offer are way behind compared to what the SpaceX project will give.