SpaceX cancels the launch of the 15th batch of satellite linked satellites

 SpaceX cancels the launch of the 15th batch of satellite linked satellites

Its just a seemingly small problem. The camera of the first stage of the rocket is lost, Musk wrote. The situation is not serious, but we decided to terminate the launch and carry out an overall inspection of the rocket, just in case

SpaceX said the next launch is scheduled to take place at 11:31 a.m. EST on the 24th, and b1060, the booster of the Falcon 9 rocket, is expected to set a new turnaround record (the interval between two launches) from 51 days to 49 days. If this attempt is successful, it will mark the first time SpaceX has completed three satellite launches within one month.

In this mission, SpaceX will launch 60 satellite chains with a total weight of about 16 tons into low earth orbit (LEO), the 13th launch in 2020. As usual, this mission will use the Falcon 9 rocket, which is currently the most reliable launch vehicle in the world, and has successfully completed 67 missions in a row since January 2017.

In the process of launching more satellite chains into space, SpaceX is also striving to build and expand its service network on earth. In addition to parts of the United States and Canada, the company is now applying to extend its star Link Internet service to Australia.

SpaceX has begun to apply for star link gateway licenses in at least four Australian cities, namely, brookhill, boorowa, wagin and Pimba, one of the last steps before its Internet can start operating locally.

SpaceX has been trying for months to get Starlink Internet into operation in Australia, but it has had to overcome a number of regulatory hurdles in order to get approval. In February, SpaceX passed its first regulatory hurdle to allow Australian radio frequencies to be used as foreign satellites. Now SpaceX must obtain the final and more challenging regulatory approval, that is, a spectrum license to allow satellite link satellites to communicate with ground stations based in Australia.

SpaceXs action in Australia is only part of its efforts, and the company needs to build a fully operational Internet infrastructure in more countries to eventually make its space-based Internet services available to people around the world. (small)

Source: Qiao JunJing, editor in charge of Netease science and Technology Report_ NBJ11279