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SpaceX launched Falcon 9 as part of the Starlink mission (3 videos)


Another launch of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle withinmission to launch into space the constellation of Starlink satellites, after numerous transfers was successfully carried out. The mission, dubbed Starlink 12 v1.0, was launched into space from NASA's LC-39A Launch Complex located at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The mission was to launch the next squadron of Starlink Internet satellites, numbering 60 vehicles.

Starlink Mission 12 v1.0 was completed successfully and within 61 minutes after the launch of Falcon 9, the Starlink satellite constellation was launched into the calculated orbit. At the same time, the first stage of the rocket successfully returned to Earth and already in the ninth minute after the launch, it landed on the offshore platform Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean, and the flap of the nose fairing was caught in the network of the special vessel SpaceX Ms. Tree. All stages of launch and flight were covered live on SpaceX's YouTube channel.

Liftoff! pic.twitter.com/b33QAIP7Mo

- SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 6, 2020
Thirteenth Starlink Mission 12 v1.0 was postponed five times and was originally scheduled to launch on September 17 (the previous Starlink launch was on September 3). The launch on October 6 was the fourth for the first stage of the Falcon 9 B1058.3. The company was also able to successfully catch the nose fairing flap in the net, which has now been sent into space three times. One of the high-value components of the rocket was caught by SpaceX's Ms. Tree.

Elon Musk's plans regarding the frequency of repeatedlaunches of the first stages of Falcon 9 rockets have a very ambitious and currently unattainable goal: bringing the frequency of repeated launches to two per day (currently, the smallest interval between launches of the first stage is 51 days). Technically, the first 10 launches can be carried out after preliminary technical inspections. At the same time, the first stage is planned to be used up to 100 times, carrying out a partial replacement of units and parts.

Falcon 9's first stage has landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship pic.twitter.com/Jpkeiw9dIn

- SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 6, 2020
Besides reusing the first stage,SpaceX is also targeting multiple launches of nose fairing elements, the cost of which is $ 6 million, or about 10% of the cost of the entire Falcon 9. As part of the Starlink 12 v1.0 mission, one fairing flap was caught by a net and will most likely go into space in the fourth time. The second flap splashed down to the surface of the ocean, was fished and may be restored for reuse.

Ms. Tree caught the fairing half that flew in support of two previous missions! pic.twitter.com/p61bdBrdRP

- SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 6, 2020
The main goal of Starlink 12 v1.0 to launch another 60 satellites into orbit for the future space Internet network, was completed successfully. Now the Starlink satellite constellation includes 773 devices. It is noteworthy that the project has been developing for five years and only in 2020 entered the phase of active satellites in orbit. In total this year, there have been eleven launches as part of the Starlink mission, and three more are planned.

Space-based constellation of satellitesStarlink makes SpaceX one of the largest satellite operators. However, the number of 773 is only a small number of satellites, from Musk's planned 12,000 Internet satellites, designed to fully cover the Earth with high-speed Internet by the mid-2020s.

Currently in beta testingStarlink systems for selected areas of the USA and Canada. After the start of the Starlink 14 v1.0 mission, scheduled for November, the next stage of testing will begin. SpaceX is now claiming that Starlink has achieved download speeds of 100Mbps with less than 40ms latency in its current beta testing phase.

SpaceX does not disclose the commercial partof the Starlink project and it is not known how much it will cost the consumer to get unlimited high-speed Internet. In the near future, the company intends to spin off Starlink into a separate division, which will then be listed on the exchange.