SpaceX is set to launch another batch of 23 Starlink satellites into orbit on Sunday. This launch comes after the successful launch of SpaceX’s Starship aircraft, which is currently the world’s most powerful rocket. The rocket took off from the Starbase launch site in Texas on Saturday and reached a height of 148km during its 90-minute test mission.
While the first stage booster successfully separated from the core Starship stage, it unfortunately exploded over the Gulf of Mexico after detachment. Despite this setback, the core Starship stage continued its journey towards space. However, contact with the vehicle was lost a few minutes later.
These tests are crucial for SpaceX as they work towards their goal of using the Starship to fly to the Moon and eventually conduct missions to Mars. Safety is of utmost importance, and the company will continue to perform uncrewed tests to ensure the spacecraft is ready for future missions.
SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation is also an important part of their long-term plans. The company aims to provide high-speed internet access to even the most remote areas of the world. The current launch will add 23 more satellites to the growing constellation, bringing the total number to over 1,600.
The satellites operate in low Earth orbit and work together to create a global network that can beam internet connectivity down to Earth. With each launch, SpaceX moves closer to achieving their goal of global internet coverage.
Watching the live broadcast of the launch provides an exciting opportunity to witness the progress being made in space exploration and the ambitious plans of companies like SpaceX.