SpaceX Prepares for Its Ninth Starlink Mission

SpaceX Prepares for Its Ninth Starlink Mission

SpaceX seems to be on track to make that happen, but the requirements for this more lucrative tranche of government funding might be too soon relative to those goals.

However, a new video from SpaceX has captured an awesome view of its latest Falcon 9 fairing jettison. 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.

A tantalising sight of the Earth's atmosphere, illuminated by an otherworldly blue light is also visible at the end of the clip. Thus far, it has launched seven missions this year for the constellation, sending up a total of 418 satellites - which is actually more than any other private satellite operator even has now working.

Fairings act as a shell around satellite payloads to protect the interior apparatus during the crucial first few minutes of launch. So being able to reuse them over multiple flights, which Starlink's mission plans to do, is crucial in order to save some dollars on equipment.

It was founded eighteen years ago by Elon Musk with the objective of reducing space transportation costs for enabling the colonization of Mars. In a new video uploaded by SpaceX on YouTube, the fairing can be seen splitting apart into two halves. "SpaceX explained that its system easily clears the Commission's 100 ms threshold for low-latency services, even including its "processing time' during unrealistic worst-case situations", David Goldman, director of satellite policy, wrote in a May 29 letter to the FCC".

June 12 at 10.42am BST (5.42am ET): Falcon 9 Starlink 8/SkySats 16-18.

SpaceX's latest Starlink launch was significant not only because it brings the company closer to its goal of actually operating a consumer-facing broadband internet service, which it hopes to begin doing for a limited pool of customers in the USA and Canada by later this year, but also because these Starlink satellites carried new modifications created to make them more astronomer-friendly.

The company just launched its most recent batch of Starlink satellites on June 4th.

SpaceX has been consistently sending satellites for the Starlink project. It was postponed on a later date, May 31, 2020 at 3:22 PM. Each group is launched atop an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket built by SpaceX.

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