Elon Musk's space company has been the driving force in lowering the cost of launching big satellites into space, more so since the start of its ride-share project in August of 2019.
The Federal Communications Commission has "serious doubts" that low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite providers-including SpaceX-can deliver internet service while keeping latency under 100 milliseconds.
The next mission is supposed to carry Planet's final three SkySats.
A new Starlink mission was originally scheduled for June 12 at 5:12am ET but was pushed back.
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SpaceX right now has 480 satellites nonetheless no client products and companies as of yet, and it has exactly a month to put up an application for the public sale.
SpaceX seems to be on track to make that happen, but the requirements for this more lucrative tranche of government funding might be too soon relative to those goals.
The company plans to eventually have tens of thousands of Starlink satellites arranged in a grid around the planet.
However, a new video from SpaceX has captured an wonderful view of its latest Falcon 9 fairing jettison. Indeed, the rest of the smallsat industry is also responding positively to SpaceX's new offering, with dozens of commercial spacecraft already assigned to future rideshare launches.
As soon as the fairing halves move away from the rocket, Falcon 9's payload, which appears as stacks of Starlink satellites, is exposed. Additional missions will continue to augment SpaceX's Internet "satellite constellation" to have a total of 1,584 satellites in orbit by the end of the current phase. SpaceX has recently posted on its official Twitter account a video footage of a space rocket launching into space. The liftoff marked one of the historic launches of the year for both NASA and SpaceX.