SpaceX is preparing to launch the next batch of Starlink satellites. On Tuesday, SpaceX will dispatch a Falcon 9 rocket as part of the 17th Starlink mission.
As part of this mission, more than 60 Starlink Internet satellites will be pushed into Earth orbit, adding an additional 1,000 satellites. The goal of this mission is to provide global satellite broadband coverage.
This will be the first launch of Starlink in 2021. SpaceX launched its first mission in 2021 on January 7. When it launched a Turkish communications satellite to promote communications services in Turkey and neighboring countries.
Due to unfavorable weather conditions in the recovery area, now targeting Tuesday, January 19 at 8:23 a.m. EST for launch of Starlink
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 18, 2021
The 17th Starlink mission will take off from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 8:23 am local time on Tuesday. Previously, it was scheduled to take off on Monday at 8:45 AM local time.
SpaceX celebrated the New Year by launching its first Falcon 9 missile on a new communications satellite for Turkey on January 7.
SpaceX has launched the Turksat 5A, the first pair of next-generation broadcast birds. It was put into orbit from Cape Canaveral Space Force Base in Florida when the weather was expected to be 70% better.
SpaceX created the Starlink Internet Program to connect users around the world. And provide reliable and affordable internet services primarily to remote and rural areas. Small terminals (underneath laptop computers) allow terrestrial users to connect to a growing network. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said it will take 500-800 satellites to launch the service before the service is introduced.
The satellite landed on the first stage of the Falcon 9 booster. Then made its fourth flight and soon landed on the Just Read the Instructions drone parked in the Atlantic Ocean.
Although the mission is described as SpaceX’s day-to-day operations. It is considered an important mission that has helped SpaceCompay set the New Year’s tone and timeline.