To take off! SpaceX launches 60 new Starlink satellites into orbit aboard a recycled Falcon 9 rocket

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To take off! SpaceX launches 60 new Starlink satellites into orbit aboard a recycled Falcon 9 rocket named after the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars

  • SpaceX launched 60 new Starlink satellites into orbit at 3:01 p.m. ET on Tuesday
  • The Falcon 9 rocket took off from Kennedy Space Station in Florida
  • This is the third journey the rocket has made to space to deliver satellites
  • This is also the seventh landing of a Falcon 9 missile on a seagoing vessel
  • There are currently more than 1,500 Starlink Internet satellites in orbit

SpaceX launched a new batch of Starlinks on Tuesday using a recycled Falcon 9 rocket to deliver the Internet satellites to space.

The rocket took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida in a blue sky at 3:01 p.m. ET.

Rising weather on the launch pad and recovery weather over the drone ship were “ fantastic ” for takeoff and landing, the SpaceX live stream host said minutes before the rocket launched.

The flight, dubbed Starlink 25, is the 13th mission of 2021 for the company owned by Elon Musk and the third time this Falcon 9 rocket has gone into space.

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SpaceX launched a new batch of Starlinks on Tuesday using a recycled Falcon 9 rocket to deliver the Internet satellites to space.  The rocket took off at 3:01 a.m. ET from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida as blue skies covered the area.

SpaceX launched a new batch of Starlinks on Tuesday using a recycled Falcon 9 rocket to deliver the Internet satellites to space. The rocket took off at 3:01 p.m. ET from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida as blue skies covered the area.

Just before take-off, the Falcon 9 rocket ignited its nine Merlin engines, blowing a huge white cloud from its base, and then launched into space.

After delivering the 60 Starlinks, the rocket’s first stage made a safe landing on the droneship ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ in the Atlantic Ocean.

Musk, a Star Wars fan, named SpaceX’s Falcon 9 after the Millennium Falcon from the hit movie.

SpaceX has launched a number of Starlinks every month this year, as part of Musk’s master plan to have 1,500 devices in orbit by the end of 2021.

This allows SpaceX to provide better and faster internet to its more than 10,000 current paying customers.

SpaceX CEO Gwynne Shotwell said in a recent interview, “The total addressable market for launch, with a conservative view of commercial human passengers, is probably about $ 6 billion, but the addressable market for global broadband is $ 1 trillion.”

The flight, dubbed Starlink 25, is the 13th mission of 2021 for the company owned by Elon Musk and the third time the Falcon 9 rocket has gone into space

The flight, dubbed Starlink 25, is the 13th mission of 2021 for the company owned by Elon Musk and the third time the Falcon 9 rocket has gone into space

On top of the Falcon 9 missile is the fairing with the new batch of 60 Starlinks

On top of the Falcon 9 missile is the fairing with the new batch of 60 Starlinks

“The total addressable market for launch, with a conservative view of commercial human passengers, is probably about $ 6 billion,” she said, “but the addressable global broadband market is $ 1 trillion.”

Musk, a Star Wars fan, named SpaceX's Falcon 9 after the Millennium Falcon from the hit movie

Musk, a Star Wars fan, named SpaceX’s Falcon 9 after the Millennium Falcon from the hit movie

According to Tesmanian, if SpaceX gets 25 million Starlink subscribers, it would generate about $ 30 billion every year.

This is 10 times more than what the company earns as a launch provider, it added.

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.”

The Falcon 9 rocket ignited its nine Merlin engines just before take-off, which blew a huge white cloud from base and then went into space.

The Falcon 9 rocket ignited its nine Merlin engines just before take-off, which blew a huge white cloud from base and then went into space.

After the batch of 60 Starlinks were put into orbit, the rocket's first stage made a safe landing on the droneship 'Of Course I Still Love You' in the Atlantic Ocean.

After the batch of 60 Starlinks were put into orbit, the rocket’s first stage made a safe landing on the droneship ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ in the Atlantic Ocean.

However, there are some downsides for users – besides 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.”

ELON MUSK’S SPACEX SETS UP TO BRING BROADBAND INTERNET TO THE WORLD WITH ITS STARLINK CONSTELLATION OF SATELLITES

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched the fifth batch of its ‘Starlink’ internet satellites for space – bringing the total to 300.

They are a constellation of thousands of satellites designed to provide low-cost broadband Internet services from low Earth orbit.

The constellation, known informally as Starlink, and under development at SpaceX’s facilities in Redmond, Washington.

The goal is to beam high-speed internet from the space in your home.

Although satellite internet has been around for a while, it has suffered from high latency and unreliable connections.

Starlink is different. SpaceX says placing a ‘constellation’ of satellites in low Earth orbit would provide super-fast, cable-like internet around the world.

The billionaire’s company wants to create the global system to help it generate more money.

Musk has previously said that the company could provide an inexpensive way to get online for three billion people who currently do not have access to the Internet.

It could also help fund a future city on Mars.

Helping humanity reach the red planet is one of Musk’s long-cherished goals and was what inspired him to start SpaceX.

The company recently filed plans with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch 4,425 satellites into orbit above Earth – three times as many as are currently in use.

“Once fully deployed, the SpaceX system will pass through virtually all parts of the Earth’s surface and therefore basically have the ability to provide ubiquitous global service,” the company said.

“Any point on the Earth’s surface will see a SpaceX satellite at all times.”

The network will provide internet access to the US and the rest of the world, it added.

It is expected to take more than five years and $ 9.8 billion (£ 7.1 billion) in investment, although satellite internet has proven to be an expensive market in the past and analysts expect the final bill to be higher.

Musk likened the project to ‘rebuilding the internet in space’ because it would reduce the reliance on the existing network of undersea fiber optic cables crisscrossing the planet.

In the US, the FCC welcomed the arrangement as a way to provide internet connectivity to more people.

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