This morning I watched in realtime the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 with 60 Starlink Satellites under the shroud. An hour after launch the video showed the flock of 60 birds released as they floated away from the upper stage.
Space.com has more details and videos HERE.
What a thrill to see the booster stage land on the remote recovery platform, completing its fourth mission and ready to be refurbished for a fifth. This mission also reused a shroud recovered from a previous Falcon Heavy launch. According to Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX CEO most Starlink launches will be with reused boosters and when possible the shrouds which are being recovered also.
Elon Musk’s disruption of the telecommunications industry is beginning to accelerate.
We live in interesting times. Stay tuned.
Update 11-11-19: Inverse Has More Details
SpaceX Starlink takes a big step forward with the second groundbreaking launch HERE
Update 11-17-19: The first 60 Starlinks were not fully operational satellites, they were test birds and only had Ku band antennas. The second batch of 60 is fully operational birds, ready to provide broadband internet with both Ku- and Ka-band antennas.
“Since the most recent launch of Starlink satellites in May, SpaceX has increased spectrum capacity for the end-user through upgrades in design that maximize the use of both Ka- and Ku-bands.”