SpaceX starts 2020 with Starlink launch


SpaceX's nearest competition, OneWeb, has six broadband satellites and plans to launch 30 by the end of January. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will today blast a batch of 60 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit (LEO). Following the launch, the first stage fell to earth and landed on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship located in the Atlantic Ocean. Eventually, SpaceX aims to have thousands of the satellites in low Earth orbit - but the prospect of having so many spacecraft in orbit has sparked concerns about the effect on astronomical observations and space traffic jams.

"The real test will be the days following launch when the smallsats are close together and in a lower altitude before ascending to their final orbit".

In addition to a booster recovery attempt, SpaceX has revealed that it will also attempt to recover one half of the fairing.

Elon Musk's SpaceX launched 60 new Starlink internet satellites to join its amassing megaconstellation in orbit, which was streamed live on Monday.

"Starlink will provide fast, reliable internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable", the company wrote in its Starlink mission description.

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The satellites are hard to see without a telescope but astronomers said that with instruments they are bright enough to get in the way.

The company livestreamed the launch of two loads of 60 Starlink satellites - one of which is experimental, and the other operational. SpaceX says it shares high-fidelity tracking data with other satellite operators to reduce the risk of collision. Initially, Starlink will aim to provide service in the USA and Canada by the end of 2020, with as many as 20 more launches of similarly sized batches of Starlink satellites to take place over the course of the year.

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The physics behind that deployment will allow the satellites to spread out in a 180-mile-high (290-kilometer-high) orbit. He said it's too soon to know whether the dark coating will work, "but it definitely is just a first step and not enough to mitigate the issues astronomy will experience with the Starlinks".

"We know that reaching unconnected communities will require a combination of technologies and strategies and these new entrants are perfectly poised to be part of the solution", Brian Dietz, Senior Vice President for Strategic Communications for NCTA - Internet & Television Association, told Al Jazeera.