As perhaps everybody has found out already, Elon Musk seems very motivated to complete his goal of providing broadband internet connectivity to all the remote regions of the world. Therefore, SpaceX has launched its 40th Starlink mission to space, according to SpaceFlightNow.com.
A number of 48 Starlink Internet satellites were thus lifted towards orbit. If that number sounds a lot for you, keep this in mind: SpaceX intends to send a total of 42,000 satellites into orbit. Many fear that so many satellites in orbit would hamper the astronomers’ view of the heavens, but SpaceX officials are confident that it won’t represent a problem.
A Falcon 9 rocket lifted the latest Starlink bundle
A Falcon 9 rocket carried the 40th Starlink mission towards orbit after the launch that took place from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Wednesday, at 8:45:10 a.m. EST (1345:10 GMT).
Elon Musk said that SpaceX has the goal of overcoming signal jamming. The CEO declared as SpaceFlightNow.com quotes:
Some Starlink terminals near conflict areas were being jammed for several hours at a time,
Our latest software update bypasses the jamming.
It will be interesting to see how the new move of SpaceX will be perceived. NASA warned about a month ago that sending a new set of Starlink satellites would cause some problems for future astronomic observations.
The space agency stated as ArsTechnica.com quotes:
With the increase in large constellation proposals to the FCC, NASA has concerns with the potential for a significant increase in the frequency of conjunction events and possible impacts to NASA’s science and human spaceflight missions,
Consequently, NASA submits this letter for the purpose of providing a better understanding of NASA’s concerns with respect to its assets on-orbit and to further mitigate the risk of collisions for the benefit of all involved.
With or without Starlink satellites, having internet access is primordial nowadays!