SpaceX has launched another batch of 60 Starlink satellites which will be the main ingredient for the upcoming global broadband internet service. The launch was at 11:31 a.m. EDT with a launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This is the fifteenth Starlink launch, and SpaceX has now launched nearly 900 of the small, low-earth orbit satellites.
That launch used a Falcon 9 first stage booster that had been used twice before, both times earlier this year, including September only, to deliver an earlier batch of Starlink satellites. The booster was also successfully recovered with a landing at sea aboard SpaceX The floating autonomous landing ship “Just Read the Instructions” in the Atlantic.
Earlier this week, the Ector County Independent School District in Texas announced itself as the new pilot partner for SpaceX's Starlink network. Next year, this district will connect to low-latency broadband over the Starlink network, initially connecting up to 45 households. It is planned to expand it to a total of 90 household customers when a larger part of the constellation is launched and brought online.
SpaceX's goal with Starlink is to deliver broadband services worldwide at speeds and latencies previously unavailable in hard-to-reach and rural areas. The large constellation, which is expected to grow to tens of thousands of satellites before maximum target coverage is achieved, offers great advantages in terms of latency and reliability over large geosynchronous satellites, which offer the most up-to-date satellite-based internet commercially available.