SpaceX was recently in the spotlight when it was preparing the Starlink satellites for launch.
The new satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network were set for launch on November 11 from Cape Canaveral.
The upgrades that have been performed reportedly didn’t include changes to reduce the brightness of the satellites.
It’s also worth noting that not too long ago, it was reported that SpaceX said that they would introduce this upgrade on future Starlink craft – the main focus is to mitigate the impact on the ground-based astronomy.
Now, NBC News reveals that SpaceX’s huge Mars-colonizing Starship vehicle could be making its very first ET touchdown in 2022.
You probably know by now that SpaceX is one of the five companies that are newly eligible to deliver robotic payloads to the lunar surface for NASA.
SpaceX proposed to do this with Starship and Super Heavy. This is the reusable spaceship-rocket duo that the firm has been developing with the main goal of helping humanity become a “multiplanet species” as the online publication mentioned above notes.
It was also reported that if everything goes as planned, Starship could start putting NASA payloads down on Earth’s nearest neighbor shortly.
“We are aiming to be able to drop Starship on the lunar surface in 2022,” according to SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell.
The COO addressed the subject during a NASA-organized CLPS teleconference Monday, November 18.
More milestones to come for Starlink
NASA views the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program as the primary enabler of the Artemis Program of crewed lunar exploration.
Just in case you don’t know, this aims to put two astronauts (including a woman) on the moon by 2024.
The website mentioned above also brings up some pretty important Starship milestones that are coming in the near future and we recommend that you head over to their article in order to learn more.