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SpaceX successfully launches into space carrying 60 more Starlink satellites
by Darryl Coote
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 29, 2021

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Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying an additional 60 Starlink Internet network satellites into space late Wednesday.

The two-stage, 70-meter rocket lifted off at 11:44 p.m. EDT as scheduled from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Some nine minutes after liftoff, SpaceX recovered its first-stage Falcon 9 booster upon the football field-size drone ship Just Read The Instructions as the second-stage continued on to deploy its payload into orbit at about 550 km about the Earth.

"This makes our 81st successful recovery of an orbital-class rocket and again the seventh flight and seventh landing for this booster," Jessie Anderson, SpaceX's lead manufacturing engineer, confirmed during a live broadcast of the launch.

Weather was 90% favorable for the mission, SpaceX tweeted 30 minutes before liftoff.

Wednesday's launch was the 25th Starlink mission as part of SpaceX's plan to offer high-speed, low-latency Internet service worldwide through its constellation of Internet communication satellites that orbit the Earth.

On Tuesday, SpaceX received approval from the Federal Communications Commission of its modification Starlink plan to change the altitude of the next 2,814 satellites launched into space to 570 km after the initial 1,584 satellites are in orbit at an altitude of more than 1,100 km.

The plan was criticized by competing companies, including Amazon subsidiary Kuiper, who questioned the validity of the plan and said the satellites would interfere with other such systems.

Anderson said during the live launch broadcast Wednesday that more satellites at a lower orbit offer better service but that being in low orbit aids with "debris removal" as the natural gravitation pull of the Earth will remove their hardware from Space if they don't de-orbit following the end of their useful life as programed.

"This is very different than traditional communication satellites at even slightly higher orbits that will be circling our Earth for hundreds of years," she said. "And unlike our Falcon 9 rockets, Starlink satellites are not designed to survive re-entry."

The satellites, she said, are designed to burn up when they re-enter the Earth's atmosphere.

Source: United Press International

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FCC approves SpaceX's satellite modification despite competitor objections
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 27, 2021
The Federal Communications Commission approved Tuesday SpaceX's satellite modification plan despite objections from competitors, who complained it would disrupt networks. SpaceX made the proposal a year ago, asking to modify its plan for Starlink satellites designed to deliver high-speed Internet to consumers across the globe. The Starlink license modification plan was to change the altitude of the next 2,814 satellites to 570 km after the first 1,584 satellites were in orbit at an altit ... read more

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