On Saturday, 25th October, Space X has sent another 60 internet Starlink internet satellites to the earth’s orbits progressing towards creating a record in the number of satellite launches. On the other hand, engineers evaluate the reason behind the blasting delay of 9 Falcon engines. This snag has further postponed the launch of the next crew flights of the International Space Station.
The mission to launch 60 Starlink Satellites was to happen on Thursday
The mission to launch these 60 Starlink satellites was to take place on Thursday, 22nd October, but the engineers found a problem with a camera placed on the upper stage of the Falcon 9 rocket and had to postpone it. Finally, they blasted off on Saturday at 11:31:34 a.m. EDT from pad 40 of Cape Carnival Air Force Station.
How the operation took place
Each 229-foot tall launcher was fuelled to power with nine kerosene tanked Merlin 1 D engines lined in the North-East direction of Cape Canaveral. The first stage of the rocket stopped its engine at two and a half minutes into the mission and started a slow drop to land exactly on an aerial podium placed 400 miles from the blast off-site.
For the reusable Falcon 9 booster, the landing ended on the third trip back and forth from space. The upper stage of the 60 Starlink satellites was parked in the preliminary orbit moments after the rocket’s first stage touched down the aerial podium.
Space X did not nab the broken Falcon 9 rockets when landed
The broken cargoes that landed on the earth’s surface had damaged a net Space X recovery vessel with the conical structure of the rocket. Space X did not put any effort to nab that Falcon 9 rocket. Instead, they sent one of their boats to bring back the floating structure from the Atlantic Ocean. Then they looked at the parts to remodel and use them in future flights.
Space X aims high, wants to increase satellite fleet up to 30,00
Space X, owned by multi-billionaire Elon Musk, wants to run 1,500 Starlink satellites revolving 341 miles above Earth in the beginning. They finally want to have 12,000 tiny broadband stations working in Ku-band, Ka-band, and V band frequencies. Federal Communication Commission has given them a regulatory green signal to continue their job. Space wants to increase the satellite fleet up to 30,000 but has not received approval from the Federal Communication Commission.