SpaceX conducted a Falcon 9 rocket ignition test at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday, and is scheduled to carry SpaceX’s own 60 Starlink satellites on Monday, U.S. time. SpaceX will become the owner of the world’s largest commercial satellite network.
It is worth mentioning that the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, has been recycled three times before, and this is its fourth mission, can be described as a “fourth-hand rocket.”
If all 60 satellites are successfully launched into orbit, the cumulative number of 180 satellites will give SpaceX more commercial satellites than any other company, and surpass the record set by The Planet in San Francisco, which operates a small network of Earth observation satellites.
The launch of the third mission for SpaceX, carrying 60 Starlink satellites, was launched on November 11 last year at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida using the Falcon 9 launch vehicle to launch a second batch of 60 Starlink satellites And the first-stage rocket was successfully recovered.
It is understood that last year launched the second batch of Starlink satellites each weighing 260 kg, then the total weight of 60 satellites is 15.6 tons, which is also a big challenge for the Falcon 9 rocket. In addition, Starlink is a “satellite constellation” project being developed by SpaceX to create a low-cost, high-coverage, space-based global communications system.
And SpaceX says it will be able to serve parts of the U.S. and Canada after about six launches, and about 24 launches will initially provide internet access to the world when the number of satellites in orbit reaches 1,440.