It marked the second batch of satellites deployed by the company as part of its Starlink initiative, which aims to deliver fast and reliable internet connection from space. The 60 spacecrafts which were launched today are the first operational satellites to be launched into orbit by the company as part of Starlink.
SpaceX's. November 11 Starlink launch was the first to reuse a payload fairing from an earlier mission. The satellites were deployed approximately one hour after liftoff into a target orbit 280 kilometers above Earth.
The latest batch of Starlink Satellites getting ready for launch.
It was the heaviest payload a Falcon 9 has ever carried aloft.
While a Falcon 9 launch and landing is a hugely impressive technical feat, those worries about the impact of Starlink (and its rivals) have not gone away.
Assuming the failure rate isn't too alarming, the gang plans to bring service to the United States and Canada after six launches, with global internet coverage complete following 24 launches.
SpaceX representatives have said the company has taken steps to ensure that its satellites can be deorbited if they're not working properly.
SpaceX plans to continue launching Starlink satellites in batches and says it's targeting service to parts of the northern USA and Canada in 2020, according to Starlink's website. The same rocket booster launched 10 Iridium Next satellites in July 2018, the Argentine space agency CONAE's Saocom-1A satellite in October 2018, and Indonesian satellite operator PSN's Nusantara Satu satellite this past February.
Reacting to the outcry, SpaceX's Musk, earlier this year, sent Starlink team a note, particularly about the reduction of albedo, referring to the amount of light which the satellites emit. While SpaceX managed to land the rocket a fourth time, it's unclear if it will get another mission.
SpaceX landed the booster on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean.
Last month, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell told reporters at the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C. that Starlink is expected to begin commercial service in 2020. SpaceX just started collecting those for reuse recently. SpaceX anticipates starting regional service with Starlink next year. Then, in a separate post on Twitter, still, about the issue, Musk also said, the company has no intention of interfering with the optical astronomy.