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Space launches 52 satellites to increase Starlink internet network

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SpaceX, from the well-known Elon Musk, launched another 52 Starlink satellites in orbit, a true success that, in addition to an exemplary launch, also managed to perfectly recover the Falcon 9 rocket launched on a high-sea landing. It was the eighth flight of that particular Falcon 9, which also transported NASA astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, to the International Space Station last year.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk plans to have more than 40,000 satellites broadcasting Internet services to users on Earth. It is working on a mid-2027 deadline. Currently, the Starlink beta service has about 10,000 customers, as recently reported and we already know that there are plans for the satellite internet service to be available this year in Portugal.

The rocket was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, marking the 15th launch of SpaceX’s Starlink of the year. The full launch can be seen on the SpaceX website.

About nine minutes after takeoff, the first part of the rocket returned to Earth after the main spacecraft separated and landed on SpaceX’s landing strip, “Of Course I Still Love You”, in the Atlantic Ocean. It was a windy day on the coast, but the blue sky over the launch pad made for a spectacular show.

Space launches 52 satellites to increase Starlink internet network

Musk’s ambition for his Starlink business is to create a high-speed Internet service via satellite that extends all over the world and provides connection to rural and underserved communities, having recently signed an excellent deal for its internet platform with Google, which also uses the satellite internet service for its cloud service.

Starlink’s public beta test, known as “Better Than Nothing Beta”, is popular with those living in remote areas of the northern United States, where it was first implemented. The company is also holding discussions with British officials about expanding Starlink to rural areas, as part of the country’s $ 6.9 billion “Gigabit Project” plan.

Source: SpaceNews

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