Booster Falcon 9 SpaceX ninth consecutive microsatellite constellation Starlink was launched Saturday from the Baikonur at Cape Canaveral (Florida) at 05:21 by East coast time USA (12:21 Kyiv time).
Together with 58 Starlink satellites into orbit on a contract basis are displayed three devices of the American company Planet Labs. They are equipped with a portable telescope and camera with high resolution and is designed to monitor the Earth’s surface from orbit. Approximately 15 minutes after the start, these devices were put into orbit.
After approximately nine minutes after launch on the platform, Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic ocean was planted the first stage of the launch vehicle. Previously, she was twice used to deliver cargoes onboard the International space station.
The Starlink network designed to provide Internet users throughout the world due to the deployment in earth orbit of a large number of small machines (up to 500 kg). This system of communication everywhere, including remote and sparsely populated areas, will provide broadband access to the Internet at speeds of 1 Gigabit per second, which corresponds to the 5G standard.
At the initial stage of SpaceX’s plans to provide high speed Internet access for residents of the southern United States by the end of 2020. According to the company, the placing in orbit a total of 11 thousand satellites and a commissioning cost of $10 billion In may 2019 in space has been withdrawn first 60 satellites in November of that year the orbit was taken to a second group of devices Starlink, third, fourth and fifth in January and February of this year, the sixth – in March, the seventh and eighth, in April and early June.