SpaceX successfully placed the 60 more Starlink satellites in the lower earth orbit. The launch took place from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida using the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
The Falcon 9 rocket deployed all the 60 “Starlink” satellites at an altitude of 280 km. The 60 Starlink satellites are part of the second batch of SpaceX’s broadband Internet mega constellation.
“Enabled by a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites, Starlink will provide fast, reliable internet to populations with little or no connectivity, including those in rural communities and places where existing services are too expensive or unreliable,” SpaceX said in a statement announcing the launch.
Starlink is a mesh network of satellites connected to each other by space lasers. Traditional satellite internet suffers from extreme latency of a second or more, but Starlink will feature more than 7,500 in very-low-earth orbit (VLEO) to reduce latency on the ground. SpaceX is hoping they will start offering broadband service to the consumers of the United States via its Starlink constellation in mid-2020.