On Monday evening, SpaceX made a launch of internet-beaming satellites. It was its third batch, which remarked the kick-off a remarkable busy year and entry to the broadband business. Atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, around 60 small satellites, got fired in the orbit. It was from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, from where, at 9:19 pm, Liftoff occurred.
These small satellites, numerous will be joining the other 100s of satellites. Those were deployed by SpaceX last year which all started with the plan of growing therein SpaceX’s Starlink constellation. As per the plan, they will make around 23 more of launches this year and will make this constellation complete with more than 1500 satellites.
As for the information, Starlink is one of the largest satellites constellations which exists. For more than 10,000 satellites, SpaceX still holds the regulatory approval for its launch. But guess satisfaction is what they want and with that, more than 30,000 over top is more to be deployed over that. All they want is to present the parts of the United States and Canada, affordable internet by 2020 mid and across the globe, high-speed broadband.
SpaceX wants to approach the market directly, with the launch of the Starlink service launched. This space-based internet service will be soon having strong competition with all the ground-based providers. There will be no domination in the industry by services like Fios, U-verse, etc. But amidst this competition there, the project will bring in millions of dollars as revenue and also risks.
The complete project will run for around $10 billion (estimated). The company wants it to be affordable for consumers.
SpaceX is on the go to protect the collisions of satellites. There have also been some of the concerns raised by the astronomers out there.
With the Telecom companies sending bulky satellites, SpaceX came up with the concept of Megaconstellation. It is cheap and smaller in size and will help work better with a connection across the globe.
Even Amazon and OneWeb are also some of the names for such satellite constellations build up but their purposes are different. But if we look for SpaceX, building its rockets is a clear advantage herein.
For carrying out the heavy payloads, Falcon 9 has been designed. They are suited for carrying up, small satellites large batches.
Astronomy and Space Debris
With the growth of Starlink, SpaceX will be then responsible for the space steward. Scientists have raised concerns with Starlink launches and the issues are getting severe. Minimal interference is being tried to ensure by the company.
Safety is also under concerns as SpaceX together with other companies are flooding around the Earth’s orbit with new devices, in thousands. But guess SpaceX is taking some of the precautionary measures as the Starlink satellites are orbiting close to the earth and any malfunction among them, will make the same be pulled out from orbit. This will be done faster in a few months after such malfunctioning.
Even after such precautions, one collision is a risk for a disastrous chain reaction.
There have been complaints made as there are no adequate rules and regulations for such issues and satellites being deployed abroad.
Either way, things are being settled better, as the way they can. Now all one can do is sit and wait for results to pop up.