SpaceX, the US space exploration technology company, announced that it would launch 60 Starlink satellites at 10:46 a.m. local time (evening Beijing time) on February 15, bringing the total number of satellites in orbit to 300,media reported. It will be SpaceX’s third launch of starlink satellites this year and the company’s fifth into orbit. The launch will take off from Launch Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. According to the U.S. Air Force, there is a 60 percent chance that the weather will be favorable for the launch.
SpaceX expects to send more than 1,500 satellites into low-Earth orbit by the end of the year, which will allow it to provide Internet coverage to the northern United States and Canada. But to make its services global, SpaceX needs to deploy thousands of satellites in space. So far, SpaceX has been allowed to launch 12,000 Starlink satellites and is seeking approval from agencies for approval for its plans to launch an additional 30,000 satellites.
But putting so many satellites into low-Earth orbit has also caused a lot of trouble, including that Starlink in the night sky is disrupting the collection of astronomical data. To allay concerns, SpaceX is experimenting with satellite coating technology that darkens the sky. SpaceX, meanwhile, has no plans to stop launching starlink satellites.