Starlink, a satellite constellation project developed by SpaceX, successfully launched another batch of 60 Starlink satellites on June 13, 2021. The launch was conducted using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket. This particular launch was referred to as “Group 7-2” in the Starlink mission naming convention.
The Falcon 9 Block 5 is the powerful and reusable rocket employed by SpaceX for various missions, including satellite launches. It is the latest iteration of the Falcon 9 series and comes with improvements to enhance reusability and performance.
The launch took place from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, USA. The 60 Starlink satellites were deployed into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) around 1 hour and 3 minutes after liftoff.
The primary goal of the Starlink project is to create a global broadband internet network using a constellation of thousands of satellites in LEO. This network aims to provide high-speed, low-latency internet access to users around the world, especially in underserved and remote areas where internet connectivity is limited.
With this launch, SpaceX has successfully deployed hundreds of Starlink satellites, bringing them closer to their goal of global coverage. The company plans to expand the satellite constellation further and deploy thousands more satellites into orbit over the coming years.
The Starlink satellites are equipped with advanced technology, including phased array antennas and ion propulsion systems for orbital maneuvering. They operate in the Ku and Ka frequency bands to provide broadband internet services.
The success of the Starlink project has the potential to revolutionize the way we access the internet, bridging the digital divide and connecting people in even the most remote corners of the world. SpaceX continues to push the boundaries of space technology and innovation with its ambitious projects, including Starlink.