SpaceX’s internet project from space Starlink continues to grow at a tremendous rate. The company successfully completed its 20th Starlink mission this week. After the Starlink-20 mission, the number of active satellites in orbit approached 1150. SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said that after reaching a fleet of 1500 satellites, global coverage will be possible.
The Falcon 9 rocket, which took off from the Kennedy Space Base in Florida, USA, managed to bring 60 Starlink satellites into orbit without any problems. The rocket also made a flawless landing on the return.
Making a statement after the mission, SpaceX propulsion engineer Youmei Zhou announced that they achieved the 75th successful landing of the Falcon 9 rocket in the Starlink-20 mission. It was the 8th task of the thruster used in the mission. Zhou stated that each Falcon 9 thruster can be used at least 10 times with very little maintenance.
SpaceX announced in an official statement last February that the number of Starlink users has surpassed 10 thousand. Currently in beta, the service is available in the USA, Canada and the UK. It was stated that Starlink will open to the whole world towards the end of this year.