SpaceX also successfully recovered the Falcon 9 rocket booster used in the mission, landing on the companys unmanned recovery ship, ofcourseistillloveyou. SpaceX also seeks to recover the fairing and attempts to capture it using the large net of the unmanned recovery ship mstree.
To help ease the scientific communitys criticism of Starlinks potential impact on earths space visibility, SpaceX also details the steps it has taken to address this issue. The company points out that although its satellites are clearly visible after launch, they will climb to their final target orbit and relocate in a month or four, making them less visible on the ground..
Starlink will begin coverage in the United States and Canada to provide high-speed, relatively low latency broadband Internet connections to ground-based customers, which could be launched as early as later this year.
After the launch, Starlink has 180 satellites in orbit, making SpaceX the worlds largest private satellite operator. For the Falcon 9 rocket, this is the companys 48th successful recovery of the orbital stage rocket booster, and the second successful launch of SpaceX and four consecutive recovery of the same booster.
More importantly, it is almost certain that as long as all 60 Starlink satellites are successfully deployed and put into final orbit, the total number of Starlink satellites in orbit will reach 180, of which about 175 are in good operation, which will make SpaceX the largest private satellite operator in the world. It was only eight months ago that SpaceX began its internal launch.
SpaceX now has two Falcon 9 boosters (b1048 and b1049) successfully launched four independent orbit level missions respectively, which should be able to provide more data for the company, help it improve the reusability of the rocket boosters, and carry out the fifth launch as soon as possible.
SpaceX plans to launch 20 to 24 Starlink rockets in 2020, so the company will have plenty of opportunities to push its reusable rockets to the limit, from trying to reuse rocket boosters more than once, to testing and expanding the SpaceX payload fairing reuse program.
SpaceX said Starlink is another manifestation of Musks ambition in the universe. The Internet satellite network will become the most advanced broadband Internet system in the world. With thousands of satellites in orbit and working with ground transceivers, Starlink can provide a global Internet network to help more people connect.
However, while SpaceX may be the most popular and high-profile private space company, the industry of launching objects into space is just approaching maturity. Other companies, like musk, are eager to take over space supremacy. Things like blue origin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Northrop Grumman and orbital are all trying to build cargo or astronaut transport vehicles..
Demand for propulsion systems and satellite manufacturers is growing, and in theory space mining could become a multi trillion dollar emerging industry. The second wave of space race is more company driven, but it will also revolutionize the way humans use, explore, think and soar in space. (small)
Source: Wang Fengzhi, editor in charge of Netease Technology Report