The company SpaceX It took off in space from Florida The missile is recyclable Falcon 9 With a new batch of 52 satellites for its network from Starlink InternetAfter finding favorable weather conditions for the mission.
SpaceX said on Twitter that in addition to satellites to provide broadband internet, the missile was attached to a Capella Synthetic Aperture (SAR) radar satellite and another Tyvak-0130.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOOA), the latter is a “nanoscale astronomical observing the optical spectrum.”
The launch took place at 6:56 pm EST from Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Station, Cape Canaveral (East Florida), after eight minutes and 30 seconds, the reusable part completed its return to land successfully on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Falcon 9 reusable rocket The two-stage took off with a satellite beam at its end and then came back to stand on the platform that I called “Of Course I Still Love You” (of course I still love you).
This allows SpaceX Reuse of the more expensive parts of the rocket, which in turn reduces the cost of accessing space, according to their website.
Today is the third Falcon 9 rocket to be launched in the past two weeks, as well as the 15th Falcon 9 mission so far in 2021.
Since 2010, there have been no fewer than 116 launches of this missile, which is the company’s “backbone” Elon Musk, Also the owner of Tesla electric cars, and a partner of NASA in the program to send astronauts to the International Space Station in a commercial spacecraft from US soil.
Company idea Elon Musk He put about 1584 satellites of the Starlink program in orbit around the Earth, about 549 kilometers above the Earth, which is a much shorter distance than usual for these commercial devices.
On May 4, the space company launched another batch of 60 satellites into space from Florida for its network from Starlink Internet.
the program Starlink It now offers an initial pilot service nationally and internationally and will continue to expand to include nearly global coverage of the populated world in 2021, as its website states SpaceX.
With the massive shipping of satellites from the Starlink network, SpaceX intends to provide high-speed, stable and “affordable” Internet to users anywhere in the world through these satellites that will operate in low orbit, which will allow better communication and service.
Last Thursday, the tech giant The Google She announced that she had reached a joint agreement with SpaceX To provide data, cloud services and applications to Starlink commercial customers in locations around the world beginning this year.
In addition, SpaceX will install ground stations inside Google data centers that will connect to Starlink satellites, Which will allow fast and secure internet services through Google Cloud.