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SpaceX launch will test new coating for Starlink satellites

SpaceX launch will test new coating for Starlink satellites SpaceX launch will test new coating for Starlink satellites
Kristine Garrett | 08 January, 2020, 20:35

The satellites were launched on top of a Falcon 9 first stage, one that has been reused a total of four times now.

Hawthorne-based SpaceX launched another array of satellites Monday evening as part of its planned Starlink worldwide internet service.

SpaceX was founded at the launch of satellites for others and the delivery of space stations for NASA and is one of several companies that want to offer reliable high-speed Internet service worldwide, especially in places where it is hard or too expensive.

This is the third launch of Starlink satellites, bringing the total number in orbit to 180. SpaceX explained its steps to address this by noting that despite the frequent launches, the satellites will re-orient themselves as they climb to their final target orbit which is 'significantly less visible from the ground'. The private space company has launched 60 satellites aboard the Falcon 9 rocket from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The cluster separated from Falcon 9 above the ocean between Australia and Antarctica an hour after its launch. Previously, the first Starlink satellites were sent off in May 2019 and the operation was successful. The booster's fourth touchdown, on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship, was picture-perfect, occurring eight minutes and 23 seconds after launch. Nevertheless, SpaceX has announced that it will provide the astronomy groups with the satellite coordinates in advance so that they can avoid the bright overflight times. It is one of the two ships SpaceX has built to catch spacecraft components with a large net. Ms. Tree was apparently on duty, although there's no word just yet as to whether she caught the parts. In response, SpaceX developed a darkening treatment to reduce reflectivity. Although the network is not expected to be fully operational this year, the company is looking to start some regional broadband services before the end of 2020.

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