SpaceX has launched 60 more of its Starlink Internet broadband satellites – on ‘Star Wars Day’, no less, and only five days after launching the last batch. The company has distributed 420 Starlink satellites since the beginning of March, an amount that the CEO and founder of SpaceX should not have known since he would surely have tweeted about it by now if he had.
The launch took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 3:01 PM ET (12:01 PM PT), and re-used the Falcon 9 booster, which had previously flown 8 times. This booster landed back on SpaceX’s floating drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean, tying the record of SpaceX’s reusable flight program to restart SpaceX, which was set in March. This is the company’s 115th Falcon 9 launch so far.
SpaceX also shared updated statistics around its StarLink consumer hardware, which is used to track and receive signals from the planetarium for broadband service. The company has so far received “over half a million” pre-order reservations for its service, including advance deposits on hardware.
This strong demand helps explain why there is such a significant backlog in terms of fulfilling orders for Starlink. Customers looking at customer service can sign up through SpaceX’s website, and pre-order for the kit, which inspires a Starlink receiver, a router, power supply and mounting hardware for your home .
The service has so far been available to beta customers in six countries including Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and the US and Canada, but the goal is to continue expanding coverage to achieve near-global reach by the end of 2021 in terms of service availability. , With plans for several additional launches in the rest of the year.