The Ilon Mask company SpaceX launched the second batch of satellites of the Starlink project. The launch was broadcast on YouTube.
The Falcon 9 rocket with 60 satellites launched at 11:56 Philippine time from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The first reusable rocket stage landed on the Of Course I Still Love You float platform off the east coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The company said on their Twitter page that this was the fourth launch and landing of this first stage.
The satellites will be put into orbit of 280 kilometers and, after checking with the help of their own ion engines, they will rise to the required altitude. The payload was more than 13 tons, although at the first launch of Starlink satellites the cargo weight was 18.5 tons.
SpaceX announced Starlink’s global Internet access program in 2015. It involves the launch of about 12 thousand satellites: 4425 devices at a height of 1.1 to 1.3 thousand kilometers and 7518 at a height of 335 to 346 kilometers. In October, Musk posted his first post on Twitter using the Starlink satellite system. The claimed system bandwidth will be one gigabit per second per user.