Elon Musk’s groundbreaking rocket business hopes to launch its next Starlink satellite mission on Wednesday. Kennedy Space Center announced that the blast is set at 8:55 p.m. ET from Cape Canaveral with a security window 24 hours later.
Falcon 9, which carries the satellites, will try to land at sea, and the company will also try to recapture both halves of the nose shots, or brackets, which are becoming a routine part of each mission.
The mission was previously scheduled for mid-May, but was.
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This would be the eighth launch of a batch of 60 Starlink broadband satellites, which will bring the total orbit to nearly 500. The company hopes to send hundreds more of its orbits up by the end of the year, with a final target of tens of thousands in low orbit for to provide high speed internet to almost anywhere on earth.
The project has been controversial among scientists and astronomers who worry about the brightness of the satellites, which have already disturbed telescopic observations of the cosmos.
This mission, which has been named Starlink 7, will execute SpaceX’s latest attempt at a fix in the form of awhich reduces the reflectivity of each satellite equipped with one. The company is expected to test at least one VisorSat in this batch and go against all future satellites in the fleet which is VisorSat.
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