SpaceX is hours away from crossing off a major rocket reusability milestone while simultaneously attempting the 100th launch of a Falcon rocket.
Weather permitting, a Falcon 9 rocket will launch 58 Starlink satellites and three Planet satellites tomorrow, August 18. The shared payload with Planet will somewhat offset its operating costs, but this (and all Starlink launches) are mostly just cost that SpaceX has to absorb for now - until Starlink actually launches a paid service for customers and starts to generate revenue.
Starlink's internet satellites are set to a low-Earth orbit and can be seen around the world, looking like a trail of stars. Tuesday's Starlink launch marks the sixth time SpaceX has used the first stage booster for a mission, the most uses of a SpaceX booster.
For Starlink, there are likely a few diverse starting operational ability (IOC) achievements in front of the group of stars. It's the second Starlink launch this year that carries SkySats. SpaceX plans to use the constellation of satellites to provide high-speed internet access worldwide. SpaceX has quite recently as of late consummated its strategy for recovering these segments, and we'll check whether it can, in the end, make a propensity for this and keep on growing its reusing program.
SpaceX has said that the latest version of the Falcon's first stage can fly at least 10 times without major refurbishment. SpaceX also succeeded in catching one fairing half, the other making a soft water landing and later being recovered, through the use of their twin fairing recovery ships "Go Ms. Tree" and "Go Ms". It is meant to become the first to ever be successfully launched and recovered six times.
Now, in a jaw-dropping feat, SpaceX has managed to get well one among its fairings by utilizing a big parachute to sluggish it down.
This fairing pair is likewise knowledgeable about the flight, having been utilized and recouped on a before Starlink mission.
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