The Starlink broadband is a very ambitious plan to bring about a much faster internet connection to the world as SpaceX has gone on a 14th batch of orbiting routers being sent out to the outer space from the Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday morning and then another set of 60 more satellites are being scheduled to be launched again from Florida by Wednesday according to reports from airspace closures.
Sunday’s launch came courtesy of a tower of flames out the end of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage that was making the sixth flight of its career. It successfully landed on a droneship in the Atlantic to possibly fly another day. Both halves of the rocket’s nose cone were also caught by ships equipped with huge nets, although one seemed to at least partially break through the net.
Due to the weather some of SpaceX’s launches were scrubbed but the company isn’t the only one that had this issue so was United Launch Alliance which had a number of its launches scrubbed due to weather and technical difficulties between the month of August up to early October which prompted the hashtags #scrubtember and #scrubtober.
SpaceX on the other hand had gotten about two Starlink missions done with the second being the one on Sunday.
SpaceX needs to get thousands of its internet-beaming birds into low-Earth orbit over the next few years to meet the requirements of its FCC authorization. So far, over 700 satellites have been launched and more than 60 of the oldest models have been or will soon be deorbited. All this means that SpaceX has a way to go to reach its ultimate ambition of creating a mega-constellation with tens of thousands of satellites.