SpaceX has launched another 58 satellites for the internet broadband network that the company is building. The launch was successful.
It’s the third launch in three weeks for Elon Musk’s space company. Late last month, the company made history by launching NASA astronauts from U.S. soil to space for the first time in nearly a decade, in the all-new Crew Dragon aircraft. A few days later, 60 Starlink satellites were sent into space.
Today, another 58 satellites were launched, leaving more than 500 Starlink satellites in low earth orbit. The ultimate goal is to launch about a thousand more units in the course of this year, and thousands more in the coming years.
After launch, the Falcon-9 launcher landed on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’, an autonomous drone ship operated by SpaceX in the Atlantic Ocean.
Starlink is primarily intended for regions without fast internet or remote areas. If all goes according to plan, Starlink could become operational in North America later this year.
Not everyone is cheering on the Starlink initiative. Astronomers on the ground fear being disturbed by their observations. As the mountain of waste grows in space, the risk of collisions of discarded satellites with still operational artificial manes increases.
This satellite train will not be seen in the sky with us, because the launch will happen in broad daylight for us. Tonight there is a chance to spot previous Starlinks satellites in the sky. They’re moving from west to east. The brightness varies from satellite to satellite.