SpaceX successfully became the first U.S. company to send humans into space in its commercial manned program last weekend on a historic Demo-2 mission with NASA,media CNET reported. But is there a better way to celebrate than another launch this week? Elon Musk’s rocket company hopes to launch its next Starlink satellite mission on Wednesday.
The Kennedy Space Center announced that the launch was scheduled for June 3 at 8:55 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral, with a backup launch window 24 hours later. The satellite-carrying Falcon 9 will attempt to land at sea, and the company will also try to recycle the rectifier, which has already become a routine mission for every mission.
The mission was scheduled to take place in mid-May, but was canceled by Tropical Storm Arthur. This will be the eighth time SpaceX has launched 60 Starlink broadband satellites, bringing the total number of satellites in orbit to nearly 500. The company hopes to launch hundreds more satellites by the end of the year, with the ultimate goal of launching tens of thousands in low-Earth orbit, providing high-speed Internet to almost anywhere on Earth. The project has been controversial, with scientists and astronomers concerned that the brightness of the satellite could interfere with telescope observations of the universe.
SpaceX will use a sun visor called VisorSat in the new Starlink 7 mission, which reduces the reflectivity of each satellite.