The Falcon 9 first-stage booster that sent 60 Starlink satellites into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida was previously used to launch commercial satellites in July and October of 2018.
His California-based company has so far received authorisation from U.S. authorities to launch 12,000 satellites in several different orbits, and it has applied to launch as many as 30,000 more.
About an hour after the liftoff, the Starlink satellites started to be deployed at an altitude of 280 kilometers.
Monday's launch, along with 60 satellites launched in May and another four batches planned for the next year or so, will put about 360 satellites into orbit, providing coverage over much of the United States and Canada in 2020. After data checkouts, those satellites, weighing about 260 kilograms each, will be raised into their targeted higher orbits via onboard ion thrusters.
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The company says it is four successful launches away from offering broadband internet in parts of the US and Canada.
The first Starlink launch produced a visible train of satellites in the sky.
Finally, here's when the Falcon 9 rocket re-landed back on Earth. Lauren Lyons, an engineer on SpaceX's Starlink team, said during the launch webcast that the satellites have 400% more throughput, can generate twice as many phased array broadband beams, and sport a new Ka-band antenna system.
SpaceX is expected to bring into space about 12,000 starlink satellites by 2024, and it has revealed a bigger plan to launch 30,000 additional ones, bringing the total to 42,000.
Elon Musk has said Space X needs about 400 satellites to provide "minor" coverage and 800 for "moderate" coverage of North America.
Other tech companies have tried and failed to build satellite internet constellations to provide low-cost broadband services. "It doesn't look like they have been painted black to lower their reflectivity as SpaceX said they would?"
The Falcon 9 that delivered the second batch of Starlink satellites to space also set a record for reusability. But after its first launch in May, astronomers were already expressing concerns about the satellites being too bright in the sky. Some have warned that this could increase the risk of creating space debris or interfere with astronomical observations.