Starlink Launches 47 Satellites In Lower Earth Orbit For Better Satellite Internet Connectivity





California-based SpaceX has close to 2,000 Starlink satellites orbiting Earth at an altitude of 340 miles. (Image: SpaceX)

The 47 Starlink satellites have now joined 2,000-plus others in the program’s first-generation constellation orbiting Earth, providing high-speed, low-latency Internet across the globe, even in remote regions.

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Elon Musk’s space venture SpaceX has successfully launched 47 Starlink satellites. The Starlink 4-9 mission lifted off at 9.25 am EST (6.25 am PST) on March 3 from pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and was SpaceX’s ninth of a planned 52 launches this year, TechCrunch reported. The mission, flown by Falcon 9 booster “B1060″, has completed 11 flights since its debut in June 2020.

The 47 Starlink satellites have now joined 2,000-plus others in the program’s first-generation constellation orbiting Earth, providing high-speed, low-latency Internet across the globe, even in remote regions. Starlink is currently approved to expand its constellation to 12,000 satellites, though SpaceX has applied to launch a further 30,000, the report said. Thursday’s launch was the sixth Starlink mission of the year already for SpaceX. All of the launches were successful.

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But during the third mission, conducted on February 3, of the 49 Starlink satellites 38 failed to reach their intended orbit due to a geomagnetic storm, burning up as they re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. SpaceX’s next Starlink launch is scheduled for March 8 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS) Launch Complex 40, the report said.

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