We're only a few days into 2020 and SpaceX is already gearing up for its first launch of the year.
When added to the previous two 60-satellite launches, the Starlink tally comes to 180 satellites. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9's first stage on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
If SpaceX manages to drive even half as many Starlink missions because it says it desires to this year, the corporate will probably be heading into 2021 with an operational web satellite constellation practically a thousand spacecraft robust - virtually sufficient to make sure uninterrupted global protection.
SpaceX says Starlink was created to provide broadband internet access to the billions of people around the world who are now underserved - and bring in the revenue that billionaire founder Elon Musk says will be required to fund his vision of building a city on Mars.
The small satellites will be launched into orbit around the Earth at an altitude of 174 miles, but will slowly rise to an altitude of about 217 miles.
Elon Musk's company SpaceX is in final preparations hours before launching 60 Starlink satellites into Low Earth Orbit. Starlink satellite flight operations take place in three phases: orbit raise, onstation service, and deorbit.
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Others include Jeff Bezos' Amazon and OneWeb.
Weather conditions are favorable for launch tonight during the planned 20-minute window, which opens at 9:19 p.m. EST (0219 GMT Tuesday).
To address the concerns, SpaceX is experimenting with coatings that would reduce the satellites' reflectivity.
Jeff Hall, director of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, said the Starlinks have been just an occasional problem so far but noted the risk to stargazing will grow as the constellation expands and other companies launch their own fleets.
Such traditional geostationary satellites are too distant to provide the kind of affordable internet access SpaceX aims to establish.
SpaceX may start service later this year in the northern US and Canada, then expand to the world's most populated areas after 24 launches. For instance, Patricia Cooper, SpaceX's vice president of satellite government affairs, is presenting a paper during the special AAS session on Wednesday.