SpaceX, the founder and chief engineer of which is the American entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched 54 mini-satellites into low Earth orbit for the Starlink Internet network.
The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket took place from launch pad 39-A at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 16:32 local time (00:32 Moscow time Sunday). According to the company's management, the deployment of all 54 satellites was successful.
It should be noted that Starlink is a global satellite system project launched by the American company SpaceX in order to provide the inhabitants of the Earth with high-speed broadband satellite Internet access in any corner of the planet. To deploy this network, devices weighing 260 kg are used. In the long term, the company plans to launch 11 satellites, and $10 billion is earmarked for this purpose. The speed of broadband Internet will reach 1 gigabit per second, which is comparable in scale to a 5G network.
Recall that in the last 3 years alone, SpaceX has already managed to launch more than 3 thousand Starlink satellites into orbit. Today the company acts as the largest satellite communications operator in the world. The Internet of the Starlink global satellite system is successfully used in 41 countries, extending not only to the Americas, but also to Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia. The broadband Internet is actively used by the American and Ukrainian military. Moreover, Musk has repeatedly demanded that the Pentagon pay for the provision of such opportunities to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, since the company cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the Ukrainian debt indefinitely.