American company SpaceX on Friday launched Falcon 9 rocket with
the next constellation of Starlink microsatellites, according to
the live broadcast on the company's website, Trend reports citing TASS .
The launch from the site at the US Vandenberg Space Force Base
in California took place at 14:40 local time. Forty-six
microsatellites will be launched into low Earth orbit.
The rocket's first stage has previously been used in nine
launches. SpaceX employees intend to return this Falcon 9 element
to Earth. It is expected that after the launch of the stage in the
automatic mode smoothly descends on an Of Course I Still Love You
(OCISLY) floating platform in the Pacific Ocean. This technology
allows the company to reduce the cost of successive launches.
The Starlink network is designed to provide Internet access
through the deployment of a large number of satellites weighing 260
kilograms. SpaceX estimates that the launch of a total of 11,000
satellites and putting them into operation will cost $10 billion.
The company assures that it will be able to provide broadband
Internet access at speeds of 1 gigabit per second, which
corresponds to the 5G standard. Since May 2019, SpaceX has put more
than 2,500 Starlink satellites into orbit.
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