SpaceX successfully launches 60 prototype Starlink satellites


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Capitalsm in space: SpaceX this morning successfully launched 60 prototype Starlink satellites as the first part of their planned constellation of thousands of satellites designed to provide worldwide internet access.

The first stage, already used twice before, landing successfully on their drone ship. You can watch the launch here.

The leaders in the 2019 launch race:

7 China
6 SpaceX
4 Europe (Arianespace)
3 Russia
3 India

The U.S. now leads China 11 to 7 in the national rankiings.

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4 comments

  • geoffc

    Reused first stage. Soon, the Starlink missions will have reused fairings.

    Cheapest existing booster to launch the constellation, and they probably get the internal rate, and they are willing to use all the reused components for even bigger cost savings.

    Hard to imagine anyone beating their launch costs!

    And once Starship is ready to launch them, even better deal.

  • Here’s amazing video of the train of Starlink satellites viewed from Leiden, the Netherlands

    https://vimeo.com/338361997

  • wayne

    Steve–
    good stuff!

  • John

    When I saw the array of satellites neatly stacked in the launch configuration, I thought it would be a neat deployment with satellites launched one at a time in all directions. Instead, the upper stage started rotating, and they just floated away as a blob. Interesting that they’re now in a long line.

    Another view from the Netherlands, less detailed than Steve’s post: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2XPjOs5qYQ&feature=youtu.be

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