In order to further expand the company’s satellite internet fleet, SpaceX will launch the next batch of Starlink satellites on Sunday (February 28). You can watch the event online.
The Hawthorne, California-based company is planning to fly one of its Falcon 9 rockets for a record eighth time. The two-stage launcher will be launched from NASA’s historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8:37 am. EST (Greenwich Mean Time on March 1, 0137)-If everything goes according to plan.
You can watch the live broadcast of the launch here and on SpaceX’s Space.com homepage, which started about 1
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SpaceX has begun to develop rapidly this year, because Sunday’s launch will be the sixth year of the private space company. The company relies heavily on its flight-proven rocket team, so it will be able to obtain a record 26 rockets in 2020.
This year, the company has greater ambitions because it plans to launch 40 rockets between its California and Florida launch sites.
One of SpaceX’s two unmanned spacecraft-“Of course I still love you”-hopes to seize a record-setting booster when it returns to Earth. If successful, this will be SpaceX’s 75th recovery since SpaceX successfully launched its first booster in 2015.
Among the latest products released by the company on February 15 The booster cannot land on the dronep, turn to the Atlantic Ocean. Company officials said that while increasing the recovery rate is beneficial, it is not the main goal of the mission, but to transport the payload to space.
Due to weather and hardware problems, the special flight has been delayed for nearly a month. As the boosters for these two flights were ready, the flight was named Starlink 17, which was surpassed by Starlink 18 and 19.
The B1049 is the booster used in today’s mission, and one of the boosters that flew more than six times in two. This flight marks the eighth launch of the booster and will be juxtaposed with two other Falcon 9 rockets (called B1049 and B1051), which is the most flight to date.
SpaceX said that through the upgrade, it can make Falcon 9 have a better thermal protection system, upgraded grid fins and more durable inter-stage structure in 2018, so that the rocket can better withstand launch pressure. This means it can be refurbished less and can fly more times.
The company also stated that it expects each booster to fly at least 10 times, with little refurbishment between flights, and up to 100 flights before retirement. We can see that the tenth flight took place later this year.
The 60 flat-panel Starlink satellites scheduled to be launched on Sunday will add to SpaceX’s fleet, which already has 1,000 broadband relay satellites already in low-Earth orbit. Through these latest products, SpaceX will place more than 1,200 Starlink satellites in orbit, including prototypes of satellites that are no longer in use.
The company has a start-up plan Thousands, Although it is about to approach its initial constellation of 1,440. Therefore, SpaceX is gradually approaching the provision of commercial Internet services through the Starlink network and will fully launch commercial services later this year.
This plan will be carried out after an extensive beta testing program, which includes employees and the public. This”It’s better than nothing“ Beta testing is scheduled to start in 2029 and has already provided connections to thousands of users.
The company is already accepting reservations for the service, and each region allows a limited number of users.If interested, potential customers can pass Company website.
SpaceX’s vibrant fairing duo, Tree Ms Tree and GO Ms Chief will stay in the port to perform this task. At its location, SpaceX has deployed its other two recovery containers (GO Searcher and GO Navigator) to the planned recovery site.
These two ships usually support the Dragan mission and are able to shovel the fairing out of the water. Since Ms. Chief and Ms. Tree are still in Port Canaveral, no fishing attempts will be made.
The forecaster of the 45th Meteorological Squadron said the launch weather looks promising to take off on Sunday night. 90% chance Favorable weather. The only minor concern is the lift-off wind and cumulus clouds.
If necessary, a backup will be performed on Monday, and the weather will slightly deteriorate to 70%.
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