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With Falcon 9 launch, SpaceX Starlink is Near Completion

SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday could provide the firm with enough spacecraft to complete the first layer of its privately-funded worldwide internet network, but the business shows no indications of slowing down its launch pace this summer. SpaceX successfully launched 1,737 Starlink internet satellites into orbit on Wednesday.

However, this figure includes prototypes and unsuccessful spacecraft that are no longer in service. Before the new wave of 60 Starlink satellites launched Wednesday, according to Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and a well-known tracker of spaceflight activity, SpaceX had 1,574 operational Starlink satellites in orbit.

As on Wednesday, the Starlink network has 951 functioning spacecraft, with hundreds more manoeuvring to their final positions in the constellation, according to McDowell’s table. The Starlink constellation is the world’s largest satellite fleet, and SpaceX is expanding the constellation to provide global internet connectivity.

SpaceX, which was founded and is directed by billionaire Elon Musk, is currently delivering interim internet services to users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand, France, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands via the Starlink satellites. After the first Starlink “shell” is completed, the network will be able to provide high-speed, low-latency internet services to lower latitudes, such as the southern United States.

Initial service was given over northern portions of the United States, Canada, and Europe, as well as higher-latitude parts in the southern hemisphere, thanks to the partial deployment of satellites into the first orbital shell. The Federal Communications Commission has given SpaceX permission to launch and operate up to 12,000 internet relay satellites in the future. The launch of 4,408 satellites into five orbital shells, or levels, in low Earth orbit is part of the early stages of SpaceX Starlink network.

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