A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 satellites for the company's Starlink broadband internet constellation stands atop Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida ahead of a November 11, 2019 launch.
In addition to being the first mission to utilize a Falcon 9 booster for a fourth time, the Starlink 1 mission also carried the world's first flight-proven fairing.
Employees that were gathered at company bases on both coasts cheered when the first-stage booster landed on a floating platform in the Atlantic.
That's not the only record for this launch, and for SpaceX's re-usable rocketry program in general: This flight used a previously flown fairing for the first time ever (for any rocket company) during this mission.
Space fans were pleased. The Falcon was used in July and October of previous year to launch satellites into orbit and again in February.
On Monday, SpaceX sent another 60 satellites more into orbit.
As for the satellites, each of them are equipped with an autonomous system for dodging space junk, so we need not worry about them colliding with anything else up there. The company plans to launch the internet service in USA and Canada first.
SpaceX isn't the only company planning a large satellite constellation, but its unparalleled rocket reusability should help it realize the strategy on the cheap. 22 that those broadband satellites are functioning. SpaceX has said it will take steps to address their concerns, such as making the satellites less shiny, but this batch of spacecraft doesn't reflect that design change.
Furthermore, the ingredients of every satellite are 100 per cent demisable and must aloof swiftly expend in Earth's ambiance on the head of their existence cycle - a measure that exceeds all most modern security standards.
Since the first 60 Starlink satellites were placed in orbit, Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics along with some amateur astronomers, have been monitoring the brightness of specific satellites compared to the stars around them.
But the company ultimately plans to put thousands of Starlink satellites into orbit, and not everyone is overly enthused with the idea. "This would provide connectivity to people that don't have any connectivity today or where it's extremely expensive and unreliable". The fairing is the protective casing that is used to protect the payload, the satellites in this case. "This will provide a competitive option for them".