SpaceX begins large-scale operation of Starlink in Europe

SpaceX begins large-scale operation of Starlink in Europe
SpaceX begins large-scale operation of Starlink in Europe
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SpaceX has expanded its Starlink coverage to include the entire UK and West Germany.

Falcon 9 launch

SpaceX's ambitious project is steadily moving forward. This was clearly shown by the last launch of a batch of Starlink satellites, which took place on March 11. As a reminder, yesterday the Falcon 9 launch vehicle was launched from the Space Launch Complex number 40 at Cape Canaveral. A payload consisting of 60 Starlink version 1.0 satellites was launched into orbit.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 successfully boarded the unmanned vessel eight and a half minutes after launch. This was already the sixth flight for the stage - another reason for the pride of Elon Musk's company.

SpaceX now has 1,200 satellites in orbit, 310 of which launched this year. As the company expands its Starlink constellation, so does the beta test of its broadband Internet service.

During a webcast of the recent launch, SpaceX said it is expanding its services in the UK. Previously, the coverage area was limited to South England, but now it is extended to the rest of England, as well as Scotland and Wales. In addition, the company begins to serve West Germany and the South Island of New Zealand (the country is located on two large islands - North and South).

Undoubtedly, this is only the beginning of a long and difficult journey. By 2017, SpaceX had submitted regulations to launch a total of nearly 12,000 satellites into Earth's orbit by the mid-2020s.

The Starlink satellite is a relatively small device weighing 260 kilograms. It has the shape of a flat panel. The spacecraft of the series are equipped with Hall effect electrostatic motors using krypton. Thanks to them, satellites can raise their orbits, carry out maneuvers and go out of orbit at the end of their activity.

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Recall that SpaceX began open beta testing of Starlink satellite Internet last year, which sparked active discussions.

The project has received not only positive assessments. Recently, Musk's initiative has been actively discussed among astronomers: claims relate to the fact that a large number of satellites can complicate the observation of space objects.

Researchers have recently shown how Starlink interferes with their work, and even space telescopes were affected. Scientists also offer their own options for solving a pressing problem.

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