SpaceX Announced A New Launch Date For A Batch Of Internet Satellites
SpaceX planned to launch this group consisting of 18 microsatellites into orbit on May 4. SpaceX postponed the launch of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle with another grouping of 60 Starlink microsatellites from May 7 to May 18. This was reported on Tuesday by the news portal Spaceflightnow.com.
The launch is still planned from the Cape Canaveral space center in Florida. The portal does not name the reasons for the next delay. SpaceX planned to launch this group of microsatellites into orbit on may 4, but the launch was postponed to May 7.
The Starlink network is designed to provide users around the world with Internet access by deploying a large number of small vehicles (weighing up to 500 kg) in earth orbit. As planned, this communication system will provide broadband Internet access at a speed of 1 Gigabit per second, which corresponds to the 5G standard, everywhere, including in remote and sparsely populated areas.
According to the spaceport command, all necessary precautions are being taken there to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Most launches have been delayed, except for SpaceX and the military.
In May 2019, the first 60 satellites were launched into space, in November of the same year, the second group of Starlink vehicles was delivered to orbit, and the third, fourth and fifth - in January and February of this year. The last launch at the moment took place on April 22.