SpaceX Launches Internet Satellites as it Pursues Global Service

SpaceX's Falcon-9 rocket launches 60 micro-satellites from the Starlink system into orbit, according to global agencies. Also, this is the fourth round trip the Falcon 9 rocket has made.

SpaceX launched its first Starlink satellites in May, followed by 60 more in November.

One of the new satellites is trying out a dark coating to lessen reflectivity.

SpaceX already launched two sets of 60 satellites each previous year, but they quickly drew concern from astronomers who have spotted the bright train of satellites in the night sky from areas across the globe.

The satellites were launched on top of a Falcon 9 first stage, one that has been reused a total of four times now.

The ambitious Starlink project aims to provide high-speed internet across the globe at all times.

The take-off marked the first SpaceX launch of 2020 and the third Starlink launch to date.

SpaceX's network development is proceeding at a blistering pace.

Jeff Hall, director of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, said Starlinks have been an occasional problem so far, but noted that the risk of stargazing would increase as the constellation expanded and other companies launched their own fleets. This issue is on the agenda of the Society's Conference in Hawaii this week. "Anything that darkens the satellites is a step in the right direction", he says. It was unclear Monday night if that effort succeeded.

It could eventually place up to 42,000 satellites into orbit in the long term. Be that as it may, the dispatch was postponed and it is presently booked to happen on January 3, 2020, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, United States. SpaceX live-streamed the launch event on its official Twitter handle and its official site. Gwynne Shotwell, who is the president and SpaceX's chief operating officer, stated at the World Satellite Business Week conference held in September that the firm projects are hurling as many as 24 missions of Starlink in the year 2020.

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