SpaceX launched another batch of Starlink Internet satellites and announced more than 500 thousand pre-orders for services
SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday, May 4, delivering another batch of 60 Starlink Internet satellites into orbit. This was the 13th launch of the company this year. In addition, Elon Musk boasted of great interest in his satellite Internet from potential users.
Approximately nine minutes after launch from pad 39A of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the rocket’s first stage returned to Earth, landing on the unmanned sea barge. Of Course, I Still Love You. This marks her ninth successful landing, repeating the company’s record for reuse of a first stage rocket.
Both rocket fairing flaps, which fell into the ocean, were retrieved by the Shelia Bordelon, a new ship in the SpaceX fleet, and transported to Port Canaveral for recovery and use in future launches.
After this launch, the space constellation of the satellite Internet access service Starlink has more than 1,500 satellites. In a webcast of the launch, the company reported that ” over half a million people have placed an order or deposit to connect to Starlink .”
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he did not expect any technical problems in meeting demand. “The only limitation is the high density of users in urban areas”, – wrote Musk on Twitter, commenting CNBC, which stated that a deposit of $ 99 received by SpaceX for the service, fully refundable and could not guarantee service. He added that the big challenge for the company would be to grow its Starlink audience to several million.