Elon Musk’s groundbreaking missile business hopes to launch its next Starlink satellite mission on Wednesday. The Kennedy Space Center announced that the explosion was set at 8:55 p.m. ET from Cape Canaveral with a backup launch window 24 hours later.
The Falcon 9, which carries the satellites, will attempt to land at sea, and the company will also attempt to regain both halves of the nose cone or fairing, which will become a routine part of every mission.
The mission was previously scheduled for mid-May, but it was.
Scenes from SpaceX in which NASA astronauts are brought into orbit from moment to moment
This would be the eighth launch of a series of 60 Starlink broadband satellites, bringing the total orbit to almost 500. The company hopes to send hundreds more orbiting routers with a final destination of tens of thousands in near-Earth orbit by the end of the year to provide high-speed Internet almost anywhere in the world.
The project was controversial among scientists and astronomers who are concerned about the brightness of the satellites, which have already disturbed the telescopic observations of the cosmos.
This mission, called Starlink 7, will include SpaceX’s latest fix in the form of aThis reduces the reflectivity of any satellite equipped with a satellite. It is expected that the company will test at least one VisorSat in this batch and move towards all future satellites in the fleet as VisorSats.
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