In 2015, the head of the company SpaceX Elon Musk spoke about the project Starlink, in which the orbit will be launched on 12 000 satellites for Internet distribution. The first half will be sent in the next six years, and the company is already engaged in test runs of the samples. So, in 2018 it put into orbit satellites TinTin TinTin A and B, and now intends to conduct a more ambitious mission for the simultaneous launch 60 satellites. Uploaded a photo of the Falcon 9 rocket has shared himself Elon Musk — according to them, in low earth orbit would be scattered thousands of satellites are quite large in size.
According to Elon musk, during the launch on may 15 could lead to unexpected problems — the company must be ready for anything. SpaceX President Gwynn Shotwell noted that the upcoming launch of satellites able to contact Earth and to maneuver freely in space, but to communicate with each other they can not. In fact, it is the test cases required to test the effectiveness of the system startup.
The satellites will be loaded into the fairing of the launch vehicle Falcon 9 — how it looks, you can see in the photo published by Elon Musk. Also, the entrepreneur posted a photo with Tesla inside the fairing — according to them, the satellites Starlink has been impressive. Even if 60 devices have such an impressive size, I can only imagine how much space will occupy all 12 000 satellites.
At the moment, SpaceX can only launch a limited number of satellites at a time, so missions in their orbit will be quite a lot. For example, in 2019, the company plans to spend 2 to 6 missions Starlink — their number will directly depend on the success of the coming launch.
All this costs money, but with the advent of the space ship Starship with an estimated capacity of 150 tons, the company at one time will be able to launch more satellites this will significantly reduce costs, and accelerate the deployment of globally available Internet. It is expected that new details about the Starship ship will be announced in mid-June.
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