SpaceX lands its booster for the sixth time

SpaceX lands its booster for the sixth time

This Sunday, 18 October, the SpaceX Falcon 9 satellite took off into low orbit to deliver a new shipment of Starlink satellites.

Sixty new satellites have just joined the Starlink SpaceX constellation. Recall that it is planned to deploy at least 12,000 of them over the next few years to provide global high-speed Internet access. This satellite network will eventually provide the company with enough income to finance Elon Mask's great dream of human research.

This new launch, carried out from historical site 39A at the Kennedy Space Center of NASA, brings the total number of these instruments in orbit to 833.

About nine minutes later, the first stage of the launcher returned to Earth and landed on the "of Race I Still Love You" platform in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and this accelerator, known as B1051, now has six launches and landings.

The Sunday flight will mark the 18th SpaceX launch this year and the 95th Falcon 9 flight to date.

With regard to the Internet cover offered by Starlink, SpaceX staff are already using terminals to collect delay statistics and perform standard system speed tests.

The company has also recently invited several North American residents to test the system, in particular the Hoch Indians in Washington State have been granted access through the Washington State Department of Commerce. Melvinjon Ashu, Vice-Chair of the Org-Committee of the Tribes, recently shared experiences in , assuring that SpaceX "catapulted them into the 21st century".

Other astronomers, for example, have expressed their rejection of the new constellation projects, recalling that there are now just over 2,500 active satellites on Earth, thus the idea of deploying a few thousand more could potentially make it difficult to observe the night sky, especially since SpaceX is not the only company that offers this type of Internet constellations. Amazon and OneWeb also plan their services.