SpaceX again launched sixty Internet satellites in the night from Wednesday to Thursday. It was the first time that a Falcon 9 rocket landed that had flown four times before, the space agency reports on Twitter on Thursday.
No astronauts were on board at launch. The rocket brought sixty satellites into space from the Starlink project. With this, SpaceX wants to offer broadband internet from space. This should mainly be done in areas where it is difficult or impossible to install the internet or where the internet is unstable.
The satellites were successfully launched into space. A total of 480 Starlink satellites are now active. The Falcon 9 rocket landed on a drone ship in the sea after launch.
Falcon 9's first stage has landed on the Just Read the Instructions droneship - the first orbital class rocket booster to successfully launch and land five times!Avatar
For the first time, SpaceX is also testing a satellite that blocks reflections from the sun. It is one of the sixty satellites with such a system, which must ensure that they do not obstruct telescopes.
Earlier, astronomers expressed concerns about the project. According to them, thousands of low-hanging satellites would interfere with telescope vision and thus future discoveries. SpaceX director Elon Musk promised that Starlink wouldn't get in the way of astronomy. "We are very committed to science."
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