Each satellite weighs about 260 kilograms and features a compact, flat-panel design that minimizes volume, allowing for a dense launch stack to take full advantage of the launch capabilities of the Falcon 9 carrier rocket, according to SpaceX.
SpaceX's satellite internet service is starting to deliver 100Mbps download speeds to early test users on planet Earth.
SpaceX also managed to recover the Falcon 9 booster once again with a controlled landing at the "Of Course I still Love You" landing ship.
The booster utilized for today's launch was flight-proven and had previously been used to launch the GPS III-03 satellite for the US Space Force in June.
Onsite at Kennedy SPace Center's Press Site, all cameras are poised to capture the flame and fury of ignition and liftoff of Falcon 9, 8:46 a.m. EDT, September 3, 2020.
The results are expected to be done at speeds that will, in turn, be the fastest available for different inter-satellite communications. SpaceX told the FCC in February that Starlink would have less than 50 milliseconds of signal lag.
"Our latency is low enough to play the fastest online video games, and our download speeds are fast enough to stream multiple HD movies at once and still have bandwidth to spare", Tice said. Thursday's launch means Starlink is now operating via 710 satellites. SpaceX has asked those interested in participating to sign up via its Starlink website, and earlier this year a leak from said website provide a detailed look at how the public beta will operate when live.
SpaceX completed a test with two satellites equipped with the crosslinks, which the company refers to as "space lasers".
These are hoped to make them far less reflective, but at a recent satellite conference, only one suggestion was made to eliminate the impacts entirely: launch fewer or no low Earth orbit satellites. However, the company has plans to launch as many as 40,000 satellites into space to pave the way for fast internet speeds across the globe.