The heavy Falcon 9 launch vehicle has launched a batch of 52 mini-satellites into orbit to continue the deployment of Starlink’s global Internet coverage. About it reported development company SpaceX.
Now the SpaceX orbital group consists of 1,942 spacecraft, and the company is the largest satellite operator in the world.
In the future, SpaceX plans to deploy an orbital constellation of 12,000 spacecraft of this type to create a full-scale network that will provide the inhabitants of the Earth with broadband Internet access. The total investment in the project is estimated at $ 10 billion.
After the launch, the reusable Falcon 9 launch vehicle made a controlled vertical landing on a floating platform-drone in the Pacific Ocean 645 km from the launch pad at Vandenberg base.