SpaceX performed a successful Falcon 9 launch early this morning, and put a group of 60 new Starlink satellites into orbit. Even more interesting than the successful launch of the Falcon 9 and additional Starlink satellites is that this particular missile is the first in SpaceX’s fleet to be launched and landed nine times. SpaceX launched the rocket from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:01 am EST Sunday morning.
Nine minutes after launch, the first reusable stage of the missile was conducted Successful landing At sea aboard the unmanned ship “Of Course I Still Love You” stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. A few days ago, SpaceX put another batch of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit with the launch of Falcon 9 from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
Launching twice in a few days means that 120 new Starlink satellites are now in orbit, helping SpaceX get closer and closer to its target of 1,440 satellites of its protoplanet. While the entire constellation of satellites may not be in orbit yet, SpaceX is already testing Starlink internet service in multiple parts of the country.
Currently, Starlink Internet subscribers pay about $ 500 for devices and about $ 100 per month to get online. Reports state that many subscribers are getting connections of 100Mbps or higher with impressive testing times good enough for playing video games online.
In the past few months, SpaceX has put some satellites in a different orbit to allow parts of Alaska to be covered. Each new batch of satellites allows SpaceX to expand its service to other parts of the country. I got an email from SpaceX telling me that Starlink Internet was available in my Colorado area recently.