Currently, SpaceX has more than 500 Starlink satellites in orbit which is well above the 400-satellite threshold needed for SpaceX to start introducing "minimal" internet coverage. Thanks to third-party launch services companies like Spaceflight and Exolaunch, much smaller cubesats and nanosats will also have ways to get into orbit on SpaceX rockets for much less than the company's base price.
The company plans to send a Falcon 9 rocket to low-Earth orbit, which will carry the ninth batch of 60 satellites for the Starlink broadband network, as well as three SkySat 16-18 Earth-imaging satellites, on June 12th at 10:42 a.m. BST, or 5:42 a.m. ET. SpaceX found a way to solve that issue, but it's still uncertain if it will last. Following stage separation, SpaceX's Falcon 9 first stage landed on the "Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Another recent space rocket launch that SpaceX has been conducted, as mentioned by SpaceX's official Twitter account is the Starlink mission.
Fairings act as a shell around satellite payloads to protect the interior apparatus during the crucial first few minutes of launch. As explained by Space.com, the fairing halves are programmed to detach from the launch vessel about three minutes after takeoff.
It was founded eighteen years ago by Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs for enabling the colonization of Mars. The company's first Starlink rideshare customer has become a vocal supporter in the days before the first launch, praising unprecedentedly low launch costs SpaceX is able to offer.
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Starlink is a controversial scheme that aims to beam Wi-Fi to people from space using a "mega constellation" of thousands of satellites.
The Federal Communications Commission has "serious doubts" that low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite providers-including SpaceX-can deliver internet service while keeping latency under 100 milliseconds. It was postponed on a later date, May 31, 2020 at 3:22 PM.
Almost 200 Starlink satellites will be carried to Earth orbit over the course of three separate launches.