On September 3, SpaceX launched its first Starlink Mission successfully. The Mission is to add 60 more Satellite in the Earth’s lower Orbit.
Pending Range availability, targeting back-to-back Falcon 9 launches from Florida on Sunday, August 30—another flight of Starlink from LC-39A at 10:12 a.m. EDT followed by the SAOCOM 1B mission from SLC-40 at 7:18 p.m. EDT pic.twitter.com/uV9MN2Nq2X
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 28, 2020
SpaceX claimed during the launch that they will be able to record a downloading speed of 100 Mbps or more with the help of these satellites on the Earth’s orbit.
SpaceX’s mission aims to launch close to 12,000 satellites into the lower Orbit of the Earth.
All these satellites will be around our planet to provide broadband coverage. SpaceX also stated that the Mission is to launch 12,000 satellites and idea behind it is to provide accessible and high speed internet with reasonable rates. So that users will be able to access high speed internet with the antennas on the ground.
SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk explained it as “UFO on a stick”. Usually 400 satellites are needed for “initial operational capabilities” but if company launches 60 satellites then it’ll be able to establish 700 satellites on the Earth’s lower Orbit which is large in number as compared to minimum requirements.
Deployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed pic.twitter.com/DdBxIOdOg1
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 3, 2020
“During the launch broadcast that the download speeds were greater than 100 megabytes per second (Mbps). This claim was made after the early beta testing done by the employees using Starlink satellites.” Kate Tice, a senior program reliability engineer at SpaceX claimed.
“We’re checking how fast data travels from the satellites to our customers, and then back to the rest of the internet. Initial results have been good,” she said.
“Our network, of course, is very much a work in progress. And over time, we will continue to add features to unlock the full capability of that network.”
In 2020, Starlink will be targeting the parts of Canada and United States (Northern especially) for expansion.
According to SpaceX that each satellite with weight 270 kg and consists of a flat-panel design which helps in reducing volume and further allows the satellite to take advantage of the carrier rocket, Falcon 9.