SpaceX has once again successfully managed to launch 60 Starlink satellites into orbit where they will be tasked with providing broadband Internet services. The launch took place Sunday, 18 October from the Kennedy Space Center aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.
The latest SpaceX launch falls under the first phase of the Starlink’s mission to provide broadband Internet services to users around the world. In order to get the Starlink project off the ground, SpaceX will need to place at 1440 satellites in orbit around the planet. With the addition of the most recent 60 satellites, Starlink currently has a total of 835 satellites circling the Earth.
The ultimate goal behind Starlink is to provide the entire globe with broadband service, particularly in rural areas where broadband is unavailable. SpaceX plans on having around 30,000 satellites in low Earth Orbit to complete the project. The satellites will be placed in a low Earth orbit to help reduce the latency that hinders current satellite-based broadband systems.
Take a look at the most recent SpaceX launch below:
While SpaceX certainly has good intentions behind the Starlink project, the company has drawn some criticism from astronomers. Due to the unexpected size of the satellites, astronomers claim they might interfere or hinder Earth-based telescopes when trying to make observations.