SpaceX Starlink To Begin Beta Testing Soon; Applications Open Now

SpaceX Starlink To Begin Beta Testing Soon; Applications Open Now

SpaceX Starlink To Begin Beta Testing Soon; Applications Open Now

Considering SpaceX's 12,000 satellite launch plans in the next 7 years, we can predict that more Falcon 9 rockets will perform Starlink missions in the upcoming period. SpaceX also split the payload for this Starlink mission for the first time, giving up two of its usual Starlink payload complement in order to also carry three Planet Skysat spacecraft on behalf of that client. The satellites are scheduled to launch at 5:21 AM ET on Saturday (June 13), and they'll join other 480 satellites that the company has put into orbit since February 2018.

The tenth batch of 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network, will launch, accompanied by Earth observation micro-satellites for BlackSky Global as ride-share payloads. Elon Musk is quite known in the Twitterverse for his announcements on the space rocket launches of SpaceX and NASA, considering he is the CEO of the spacecraft company.

The next mission is supposed to carry Planet's final three SkySats.

As Business Insider points out, SpaceX's Starlink satellite launch schedule looks absolutely bonkers right now, with three launches planned over the course of just 18 days. SpaceX routinely lands the first stage of the rocket and reuses the booster, lowering the cost of launching payloads into space. Most recently, the company achieved a milestone with the successful liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley in the Crew Dragon capsule.

The company plans to eventually have tens of thousands of Starlink satellites arranged in a grid around the planet.

By launching 60 satellites at a time, you might imagine that SpaceX is making huge progress on its larger goal of providing high-speed data service using the Starlink satellite grid.

However, a new video from SpaceX has captured an fantastic view of its latest Falcon 9 fairing jettison. Additional missions will continue to augment SpaceX's Internet "satellite constellation" to have a total of 1,584 satellites in orbit by the end of the current phase.

If SpaceX can maintain the impressive inertia of its Starlink launch and rideshare efforts, it's safe to say that the company is going to be a towering presence in the smallsat launch industry for the foreseeable future.

Musk, 48, said he was "overcome with emotion" watching his rocket successfully launch after many years of hard work.

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