SpaceX is preparing for its third attempt to launch the 10th Starlink launch, with two previous attempts failing, the first in June and the second in July, according tomedia reports. At the same time, SpaceX has completed a number of missions, including launching another GPS satellite into space to return to Earth from the International Space Station aboard astronauts Bob Benken and Doug Hurley’s Dragon spacecraft.
The Starlink launch is expected to take place at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, August 7 at 1:12 a.m. EST (10:12 p.m. Pacific Time Zone). In addition, the operation set up an alternative launch point on Saturday, August 8 at 12:50 a.m. EST (9:50 p.m. EST).
The mission’s payload includes the Starlink satellite, a total of 57. These satellites will join other groups of satellites already in near-Earth orbit. SpaceX plans to launch tests of satellite capabilities this summer.
The Starlink project, which aims to provide such broadband services to customers who currently do not have smooth access to low-latency, high-speed broadband, will begin testing in parts of the U.S. and Canada this year.
The mission also carries two BlackSky satellites, which are among the customers that SpaceX has acquired through launch service provider Spaceflight. This is the second time SpaceX has put another payload on the same “flight” as its Starlink satellite, and it has also demonstrated its “shared space” business model. (Author/Good Man)