SpaceX will launch TENTH batch of new Starlink satellites in orbit for 2021

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SpaceX launched its 10th batch of Starlink satellites for the year on Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total to 1,443 in orbit.

The Falcon 9 rocket took off at 12:34 p.m. ET from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, where “ the weather looked beautiful with clear skies, ” a SpaceX official said during the live stream.

In addition to reaching a milestone for the year, Wednesday’s mission also marks a total of 300 Starlinks sent into space since March 4.

After launching in early March, Elon Musk’s firm conducted flights on March 11 and March 14, all of which are part of Musk’s master plan to have a total of 1,500 Starlink devices in orbit by the end of 2021.

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SpaceX launched its 10th batch of Starlink satellites for the year on Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total to 1,443 in orbit.  The Falcon 9 rocket took off at 12:34 p.m. ET from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida

SpaceX launched its 10th batch of Starlink satellites for the year on Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total to 1,443 in orbit. The Falcon 9 rocket took off at 12:34 p.m. ET from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida

The Falcon 9 rocket ignited its nine Merlin engines that blew a huge white cloud from the base, then took off into space.

The deployment of 60 Starlink satellites was a success and the booster landed on the droneship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean.

According to a February filing by SpaceX with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), more than 10,000 users are connected to the Starlink satellite internet.

The document said the service “reaches and exceeds 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps) with individual users” and many are seeing a latency “at or below 31 milliseconds.”

In addition to reaching a milestone for the year, Wednesday's mission also marks a total of 300 Starlinks sent into space since March 4.

In addition to reaching a milestone for the year, Wednesday's mission also marks a total of 300 Starlinks sent into space since March 4.

In addition to reaching a milestone for the year, Wednesday’s mission also marks a total of 300 Starlinks sent into space since March 4.

More than 10,000 users are connected to the Starlink satellite Internet, according to a SpaceX filing with the Federal Communications Commission

More than 10,000 users are connected to the Starlink satellite Internet, according to a SpaceX filing with the Federal Communications Commission

More than 10,000 users are connected to the Starlink satellite Internet, according to a SpaceX filing with the Federal Communications Commission

However, there are some downsides for users – in addition to the hefty cost, there are planned outages due to the limited number of satellites and the fact that Starlink is still in early testing.

The Starlink website states: ‘There will also be short periods when there is no connection at all.

“As we launch more satellites, install more ground stations and improve our network software, the data speed, latency and uptime will improve dramatically.”

However, those who have suffered from slow internet say it’s a price worth paying.

“The weather looked beautiful with clear skies,” said a SpaceX official during the live stream. Pictured are campers Bizarre ‘spiders’ on Mars are created by carbon dioxide vapor escaping from cracks in arctic ice during Mars spring, NASA reveals after 20 years of research on Falcon floating through the sky in a park on Merritt Island

The deployment of 60 Starlink satellites was a success and the booster landed on the natural I Still Love You droneship in the Atlantic Ocean

The deployment of 60 Starlink satellites was a success and the booster landed on the natural I Still Love You droneship in the Atlantic Ocean

The deployment of 60 Starlink satellites was a success and the booster landed on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean

The public beta program, which is available in the US, Canada and the UK, costs $ 99 per month, plus $ 499 upfront for the Starlink Kit with the ‘UFO on a stick’ socket, mounting tripod and Wi-Fi router.

However, SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell revealed on Tuesday that the company is selling the dish “ at significant loss. ”

Shotwell explained that the production of one dish of SpaceX initially cost $ 1,500, but was revised to $ 1,300 – which has just been rolled out.

However, a report spotted by Insider shows that the earlier cost was about $ 2,400 per dish.

The public beta program, which is available in the US, Canada and the UK, costs $ 99 per month, plus $ 499 upfront for the Starlink Kit with the 'UFO on a stick' socket, mounting tripod and Wi-Fi router.  SpaceX said it is selling the dish at a significant loss.

The public beta program, which is available in the US, Canada and the UK, costs $ 99 per month, plus $ 499 upfront for the Starlink Kit with the 'UFO on a stick' socket, mounting tripod and Wi-Fi router.  SpaceX said it is selling the dish at a significant loss.

The public beta program, which is available in the US, Canada and the UK, costs $ 99 per month, plus $ 499 upfront for the Starlink Kit with the ‘UFO on a stick’ socket, mounting tripod and Wi-Fi router. SpaceX said it is selling the dish “at a significant loss.”

Production costs are expected to drop even further to “the reach of a few hundred dollars in the next two years,” Shotwell said at the Satellite 2021 Leo Digital Forum.

But unlike other internet services, SpaceX does not intend to offer tiered pricing.

“We are going to try to keep it as simple and transparent as possible, so at the moment there are no plans to opt for the consumer,” said Shotwell.