Today early morning (at 4:25 Minsk time) from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral the launch of the carrier rocket Falcon 9 with the new batch of satellites Starlink network for global Internet access. Was sent a pack of 60 satellites. Their total number in orbit around the Earth has grown to 480 pieces.
According to SpaceX, the launch was successful, the satellites went into orbit, the first stage of the Falcon 9 landed on a floating platform in the Atlantic ocean.
Only this year, SpaceX put into orbit satellites 360 Starlink. Known about two more launches planned for this June. Only Elon Musk was going to launch at least 12,000 satellites that can provide Internet access even the most inaccessible corners of the planet.
It is noteworthy that one of the satellites will be less bright. Earthlings can regularly see in the sky, a string of satellites Mask their shiny areas reflect sunlight. But because one of the new satellites is equipped with a Sun shade that will help reduce the brightness.
Previously, astronomers have expressed concerns that the satellites Mask will ruin their purity of observing the Universe. Especially in such numbers. As a bright satellite in the sky’s grainy and leaves a long white strip in the picture with a long exposure.