The new satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network are set for launch today from Cape Canaveral. The upgrades that have been performed did not include changes to reduce the brightness of the satellites.
On the other hand, it’s been reported that SpaceX said that they would introduce this upgrade on future Starlink craft in order to mitigate the impact on the ground-based astronomy.
SpaceFlightNow reported that the 60 Starlink satellites that are awaiting launch today would be joining 60 others that have been launched back in May.
According to SpaceX, 1,440 of the flat-panel satellites will be able to provide Internet service over the populated world, according to reports.
The company said that they would be able to achieve this after 24 launches.
It’s been also revealed that the Starlink network is able to offer service for particular parts of the US and Canada after only six launches, says SpaceX.
A Falcon 9 rocket blasts off today
The online publication mentioned above notes that the satellites which are built at a SpaceX facility in Redmond, Washington, “will blast off on top of a Falcon 9 rocket Monday at 9:56 a.m. EST (1456 GMT) from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad. There is an 80 percent chance of favorable weather for launch Monday, according to the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron.”
They continued and wrote that “The Falcon 9 rocket will fly with a first stage booster SpaceX has launched and recovered on three previous missions, including an Iridium satellite launch in July 2018 and the launch of an Argentinian radar observation satellite in October 2018, both from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.”
It’s been also revealed that the first stage powered the Indonesian Nusantara Satu communications satellite and the Israeli Beresheet moon lander into space on February 21.
Today’s event will be marking the very first time SpaceX has flown a Falcon booster four times.