(ORDO NEWS) — On January 18 (the exact time will be announced later), the launch of the Falcon 9 Block 5 launch vehicle with a new batch of Starlink satellites is to take place.
The launch will take place at pad LC-39A, a launch complex located on the grounds of the Kennedy Space Center. The rocket will launch new mini-satellites for the Starlink network into orbit.
The previous start under the program was carried out on January 6: then the launch vehicle launched fifty such devices into orbit.
The goal of the Starlink project is to provide high-speed broadband Internet access to residents of different regions of the planet, including the most inaccessible.
Work on the system in the bowels of SpaceX started in 2015, and TINTIN test prototypes were launched in 2018. To date, more than 1,900 Starlink spacecraft have been launched.
SpaceX began providing commercial Internet access services in the northern United States and Canada the year before last. As of this January, the number of Starlink beta testers has reached 145,000 in 25 countries.
The total investment required to implement the project is estimated at ten billion dollars.
For the upcoming launch, a heavy-class Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket is used. This is a reusable carrier with a returnable first stage. The first rocket launch took place on May 11, 2018.
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