SpaceX Successfully Launches 60 Starlink Satellites Into Space
SpaceX, the rocket ship company owned by Elon Musk, just successfully launched another 60 Starlink internet satellites into space earlier Monday (November 11, 2019).
SpaceX's Falcon rocketship launched at 9:56 a.m. EST, lifting off from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It puts SpaceX closer to its plan to provide global internet coverage.
It's also the fourth flight for the Falcon and marks the first time the Falcon has flown several times. The Falcon was used in July and October of last year to launch satellites into orbit, and again in February.
SpaceX getting closer to its Internet vision
Lauren Lyons, SpaceX Starlink told Space.com the boosters are designed to be used ten times. The Falcon touched down on SpaceX's drone ship landing platform, coming in as the 45th booster recovery for the space company.
SpaceX has a vision of blanketing the world with Internet coverage from satellites operating in space. Unlike the current satellite internet providers, SpaceX's satellites operate at a lower altitude which it hopes will enable it to provide reliable Internet coverage to the world at a cheap price.
SpaceX isn't the only one going after that ability with competitors including OneWeb, TeleSat and even Amazon eyeing the market. SpaceX has said in the past that in six to eight more launches it could bring broadband Internet to the U.S. by the middle of next year. The idea is to provide internet access around the world from 42,000 small satellites.
Successful deployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed! pic.twitter.com/bpBqO9oYR3— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 11, 2019
SpaceX makes history by reusing fairing
In addition to making history by launching and landing an orbital rocket booster for the fourth time, the company also used a recycled fairing or nose cones for the launch of the 60 satellites, which is history-making. SpaceX is currently working to catch the two halves of the fairing using netted ships dubbed "Ms. Tree" and "Ms. Chief." The landing droneship is called "Of Course I Still Love You."