CM – SpaceX plans to launch new Starlink laser-linked satellites from Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 12 (UPI) – SpaceX plans to launch its first batch of Starlink satellites from Florida since early June, all of which carry new laser communications links to beam information back and forth in space.
Elon Musk’s space company has scheduled the Falcon 9 rocket launch at 7:19 a.m. EST from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
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ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 12 (UPI) – SpaceX plans to launch its first batch of Starlink satellites from Florida since early June, all of which carry new laser communications links to beam information back and forth in space .

Elon Musk’s space company has scheduled the Falcon 9 rocket launch at 7:19 am EST from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

SpaceX has postponed the Friday morning launch due to weather reasons. According to the US space agency Space Force, there is only a 10% chance of storm clouds in the region on Saturday morning.

Weather-related interruption from today’s start. Forecast improves to 80% favorable for tomorrow’s launch opportunity at 7:19 a.m. EST – SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 12, 2021

SpaceX launched Starlink in May 2019 and now has around 1,500 satellites in orbit for users on the ground To provide broadband internet services. The company said this summer it had shipped about 100,000 ground terminals – small dishes to receive the signal – to subscribers.

The rocket company sometimes launched two batches of about 60 satellites per month, but that pace slowed this down Year it added the new laser links, said Tim Farrar, a telecommunications consultant based in California.

The lasers provide cross-links between Starlink satellites that enable faster transmission of data in space, he said.

« The cross-links seem to make the satellites bigger and heavier because the last launch had only 51 satellites on board, fewer than usual, » said Farrar.

The Starlink launch was swift and well received, but the telecommunications industry is waiting to see how reliable the system proves to be, he said.

« What we don’t know yet is the long-term reliability of how long the dishes will last after months or years in rain, snow or wind « said Farrar.

A major disadvantage for many internet users is that Starlink dishes need to have a clear view of the entire sky, i. H. no trees or tall buildings nearby.

« I have gigabit fiber and a large tree near the house, so Starlink is not for me, at least not yet, » Farrar said. « This will be an important topic for the further rollout of Starlink – what is the point if a significant portion of the people have to cut down a bunch of trees to use it? » SpaceX recently brought up a new square-shaped bowl launched and said it was more durable than the previous rounded bowl.

« Starlink is ideal for areas where connectivity was unreliable or completely unavailable, » the company said.

SpaceX warns customers that they need a clear sky to use the product and offers a simple smartphone app that scans the sky and anticipates problems. It costs $ 499 for Starlink launch and hardware plus $ 99 a month.

« Your Starlink needs a clear view of the sky so it can stay connected to the satellites as they move overhead. « Starlink’s website warns.

The first stage rocket booster for launch previously launched four Starlink missions as well as four other missions, including the manned Demo 2 mission in May 2020.

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