SpaceX will launch 600 more satellites into orbit - see how here

SpaceX on September 3 launched 60 Starlink internet satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket while disclosing early testing results from the constellation for which it has now launched 713 satellites.

Each satellite weighs about 260 kilograms and features a compact, flat-panel design that minimizes volume, allowing for a dense launch stack to take full advantage of the launch capabilities of the Falcon 9 carrier rocket, according to SpaceX.

It is also worth mentioning that this launch carried an exact of 60 Starlink satellites, something that hadn't happened from a long time.

The rocket's reusable first-stage booster landed on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You", located in the Atlantic Ocean.

A backup opportunity is available on Friday, September 4.

Falcon 9 lifted off at 8:46 a.m.

The booster utilized for today's launch was flight-proven and had previously been used to launch the GPS III-03 satellite for the US Space Force in June. During this launch, SpaceX claims that the satellites have shown "download speeds greater than 100 mbps".

On the other hand, Tice also explained that the latency speeds have been low enough to play the fastest online video games, and the download speed is fast enough to stream multiple HD movies at once and still have a surplus on the bandwidth. "Initial results have been good", she said. SpaceX told the FCC in February that Starlink would have less than 50 milliseconds of signal lag.

Earlier tests of Starlink spotted on Ookla's Speedtest website in early August showed the service offering between 11 to 60Mbps download speeds.

SpaceX is now in the process of deploying a whole constellation of 12,000 of the internet-beaming Starlink satellites.

To boost data speeds even more, Tice said the company has been testing out a new technology for inter-satellite communication, dubbed "space lasers".

The company has been trying to build a constellation of these satellites, which will then provide globe spanning, high speed low latency Internet to everyone.

It also said that 600 Starlink satellites have already been successfully launched.

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