Starlink satellites launched
GS Paper - 3 (Space Technology)
A SpaceX rocket carried 52 Starlink internet satellites into orbit from California. The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from coastal Vandenberg Space Force Base and arced over the Pacific. The Falcon's first stage returned and landed on a SpaceX droneship in the ocean. It was the 11th launch and recovery of the stage.
- Starlink is a satellite-based global internet system that SpaceX has been building for years to bring internet access to underserved areas of the world.
- This launch mission was the 34th launch for Starlink, a constellation of nearly 2,000 satellites in low Earth orbit.
- Space based Internet is also called Broadband from Space (BFS).
What’s a BFS service?
- A high-speed wireless communication to bring internet traffic to a consumer’s home/office via a satellite network in space, also called satellite broadband.
- Satellite broadband data speeds can go beyond 300 Mbps, but initial peak speeds are likely 100 Mbps.
- A satellite network involves geostationary (GEO) or low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites. The heart of a satellite network operation is an earth station gateway located in a particular region