SpaceX has launched one other batch of Starlink satellites, including 60 extra to the constellation on orbit. That is the twenty fourth Starlink launch in whole, and means SpaceX has now despatched up greater than 1,500 Starlink spacecraft, with round 1,438 of these nonetheless in operation. That is the primary Starlink launch since April 7 — which, surprisingly, is the largest hole between these launches in fairly some time.
This 12 months, SpaceX’s total launch calendar has been dominated by Starlink launches, as the corporate seeks to develop the provision, high quality and protection of its low Earth orbit broadband web community. SpaceX additionally opened up availability of Starlink service this 12 months, and now appears to be principally supply-constrained on the patron receiver terminal aspect, slightly than essentially on community capability or regional capability.
Relating to that few week hole within the Starlink launch tempo, it isn’t like SpaceX was slacking within the meantime; the launcher despatched up its second crew of astronauts destined for the International Space Station in a flight just last week. Plus, it has two or three extra Starlink launches tentatively scheduled to occur in Might.
This newest launch took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 11:44 PM EDT (8:44 PM PDT) on Wednesday, and used a flight-proven Falcon 9 first-stage booster, which was used on six prior missions, together with 4 Starlink launches.