SpaceX launched 60 satellites for the global Internet (3 photos)

SpaceX, an American private aerospace company, launched the Falcon 9 launch vehicle with the first 60 communication satellites for the Starlink global Internet system early this morning from the Cosmodrome at Cape Canaveral, which aims to cover the entire globe with high-speed satellite Internet. 60 satellites (each weighing 227 kg individually, the total mass of the cargo is 13.6 tons), all of them will operate at an altitude of 550 km above the Earth. Spacecraft will reach their points of subsequent dislocation on their own using installed engines based on the Hall effect. To prevent collisions with space debris and debris, the satellites also received the Startracker navigation system, which at the right time will automatically correct the flight path. SpaceX запустила 60 спутников для глобального интернета (3 фото) Now, there are 62 satellites for Starlink in the Earth’s orbit, but for a full-fledged operation of the system a thousand-strong swarm of similar communication devices will be required. In total, within the framework of the project, over several years SpaceX needs to deliver about 12,000 vehicles to near-Earth space. 7518 of them will be located at an altitude of 340 km above the planet, 1584 will occupy positions in orbits up to 550 km high, and, finally, 2841 satellites will be at a position of 1150 km. SpaceX запустила 60 спутников для глобального интернета (3 фото) The first stage of the Faclon 9 rocket, previously restored twice after flying, successfully returned to Earth, landing on the Of Course I Still Love You floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean. Both parts of the head fairing also successfully splashed, this will allow SpaceX to use them in subsequent flights, thereby saving on costs (the cost of the fairing is about 10% of the rocket and costs the company about $ 6 million).

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