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Space X Launch Deploys “Starlink” Satellites

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A SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket Photo Courtesy of Daniel Oberhaus

On September 3rd, SpaceX launched their rocket Falcon 9 at 8:46 am EST from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This launch was SpaceX’s 12th starlink mission and had 60 satellites onboard. This was the 16th SpaceX launch of 2020, and Falcon 9’s second launch. 

The Falcon 9 rocket is powered by 9 “Merlin” engines. Only one of these Merlin vacuum engines or “mvacs” are at the head of the rocket. The engine in the head is only ignited when it is separated from the bulk of the rocket. The engines in the high power rocket are fueled by rocket grade kerosene and super liquid oxygen to oxidize it (if you watch the launch video this is what’s creating the big clouds of vapor). In total, the rocket needs 1 million pounds worth of fuel to launch! 

With already 650 starlink satellites in space, SpaceX has a promising future contributing to creating a solid network. Seeing as their network already provides low latency speeds and download speeds lower than 100 megabytes per second, SpaceX has already come so far in such little time. We should definitely keep an eye out for when the SpaceX internet provider becomes public! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7cqwbkXVF8
Video Courtesy of Raw Space
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Space X Launch Deploys “Starlink” Satellites