51 more Starlink satellites in orbit
Communication tests on the Spaceflight cargo vehicle are also underway
The US space company SpaceX has put another 51 Starlink satellites into orbit. This enriches the constellation of systems, currently 3259 (including prototypes and no longer functioning units), which guarantee the global internet service. The latest launch was yesterday with a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, carrying the Spaceflight spacecraft.
"The transport capabilities of the Sherpa-Ltc vehicle, combined with the reliability of Starlink missions, create an ideal solution to our customers' mission needs. The device eliminates the barriers that make it more difficult for spacecraft to access uncommon orbits. We look forward to continuing to provide innovative, affordable and reliable space transportation services for our customers and partners", said Curt Blake , CEO and president of the Spaceflight company.
The Spaceflight vehicle will reach an orbit about 1000 kilometers above the Earth, where it will begin its technology demonstration mission. It is capable of transferring satellites and other loads to a higher orbit. In space, it will test a new broadband communications technology for the Boeing Group, in anticipation of a possible future constellation of 147 satellites to provide connectivity to commercial and US government users.
On the same topic see also the article published by AVIONEWS.
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