SpaceX continues to launch its internet satellites into orbit. On November 2 at 18:12 (02:12 November 3, our time), a rocket successfully launched with 48 more Starlink satellites. Two geospatial reconnaissance satellites were also launched into orbit. The rocket was launched from the launch site at Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was possible to follow what was happening on the company’s website.
Nine minutes after launch, the first stage of the launch vehicle was separated. She returned to Earth on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
About an hour after the rocket launched, the two BlackSky geospatial satellites successfully separated from the upper stage. They are required for optical observation of the Earth. About half an hour later, 48 Starlink satellites separated, which belong to generation 1.5 and are equipped with a laser communication system to create channels for transmitting information in orbit between satellites. SpaceX has already put systems of this generation into orbit, with their help, data transfer rates will be increased and delays will be reduced.
At the moment, there are 1.8 thousand Starlink satellites in orbit.