SpaceX will launch Falcon 9 rocket with 60 Starlink satellites on Thursday.
Rabat – SpaceX has scheduled the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket with 60 Starlink satellites, on Thursday evening, May 16, from a launch pad in Florida, US.
After a successful liftoff, the 60 Starlink satellites, developed by SpaceX, will be deployed automatically, and begin orbiting the earth.
SpaceX, or Space Exploration Technologies Corp, is the first private US aerospace company. It was founded in 2002 by the South-African engineer and entrepreneur, Elon Musk.
Elon Musk Tweeted pictures of the first 60 Starlink satellites loaded into the Falcon 9 rocket last Sunday, May 11.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 12, 2019
The 60 Starlink satellites are part of SpaceX’s long-term objective to develop and launch a vast constellation of approximately 12,000 satellites that will orbit around the earth in an interconnected manner. The purpose of these satellites is to make broadband Internet connection available all over the world.
The American Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has already authorized the launch of approximately 4,425 Starlink satellites.
Falcon 9 was originally scheduled to take off on May 15, but the launch was rescheduled to Thursday due to wind turbulence.