Published: Sat, June 06, 2020
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SpaceX Launches Another Batch of 60 Starlink Internet Satellites

SpaceX Launches Another Batch of 60 Starlink Internet Satellites

Sam DiMaggio, a 1985 graduate of Leonia High School, is principal dynamics engineer on the SpaceX project.

This launch was originally scheduled to fly the week prior to SpaceX's Demo-2 crewed mission, which carried NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station on Saturday and Sunday, but was bumped due to a scheduling conflict with a ULA launch, and then further postponed until after the astronaut flight.

The idea of the Launch America mission was to eliminate the need of foreign space agencies to send NASA astronauts to the ship.

He received his bachelor's of science degree in civil engineering from Columbia University in 1989.

An online advertisement that plays off last weekend's historic crewed SpaceX launch to boost President Donald Trump's re-election campaign drew a protest from the wife of one of the astronauts today - and soon afterward, the campaign deleted its version of the ad.

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This was the eighth trip into low-Earth orbit for the Starlink constellation.

The rocket lifted off at 9:25 p.m. EDT (0125 GMT on June 4) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. SpaceX had planned to launch these satellites in mid-May.

Part of this launch included landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket used for the launch, which has already flown previously four times and been recovered - that makes this a rocket that has now flown five missions, and today it touched down safely once again on SpaceX's drone landing barge in the ocean so it can potentially be used again. In total, SpaceX is hoping for up to two-dozen Starlink launches in total before year's end, which will help it meet its goal of launching an initial beta service in Canada and the US later this year, with a more global rollout following in 2021 or 2022.

While alluding to iconic moments in space exploration, SpaceX's mission also set new precedents. SpaceX has somewhere in the range of 18 additional dispatches ostensibly arranged throughout the following 7 months, a number that does exclude 14-18 extra Starlink dispatches focused in 2020. "That is the ratio we would be looking at".


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