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    Perfect launch & stage landing

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    All 60 Starlink satellites online, solar array deployment coming up soon
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    Krypton ion thrusters activate in about 3 hours to raise orbit
    12:42 AM - May 24, 2019
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    SpaceX ✔ @SpaceX
    Falcon 9 launches 60 Starlink satellites to orbit – targeting up to 6 Starlink launches this year and will accelerate our cadence next year to put ~720 satellites in orbit for continuous coverage of most populated areas on Earth
    11:34 AM - May 24, 2019
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    The StarLink website is up. Tip: the globe is 3D, and movable. Just drag.

    https://www.starlink.com/

    Scratch one more milestone,

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    Krypton ion thrusters activate in about 3 hours to raise orbit
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    Krypton thrusters operative, satellites initiating orbit raise every 90 mins
    8:19 PM - May 24, 2019
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    The StarLink Train....seen from the ground

    Via Vimeo

    Marco Langbroek

    The train of Starlink satellites passing over Leiden, the Netherlands, about 22.5 hours after launch.

    Video with WATEC 902H + Canon FD 1.8/50 mm lens, GPS time inserter.

    https://vimeo.com/338361997
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    Another StarLink swarm video

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    Starlink 480.jpg

    Starlink is targeted to offer service in the Northern U.S. and Canadian latitudes after six launches, rapidly expanding to global coverage of the populated world after an expected 24 launches. SpaceX is targeting two to six Starlink launches by the end of this year.

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    Space News has a write-up about the expansion to 30,000 StarLink satellites.

    The first launch of operational satellites (the first was a test group) comes later this month or early November. More this year, then about 24 StarLink launches in 2020.

    https://spacenews.com/spacex-submits...nk-satellites/

    SpaceX submits paperwork for 30,000 more Starlink satellites

    WASHINGTON SpaceX has asked the International Telecommunication Union to arrange spectrum for 30,000 additional Starlink satellites.*

    SpaceX, which is already planning the worlds largest low-Earth-orbit broadband constellation by far, filed paperwork in recent weeks for up to 30,000 additional Starlink satellites on top of the 12,000 already approved by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
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    Here is SpaceXs full statement:

    "As demand escalates for fast, reliable internet around the world, especially for those where connectivity is non-existent, too expensive or unreliable, SpaceX is taking steps to responsibly scale Starlinks total network capacity and data density to meet the growth in users anticipated needs."
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    SpaceX needs 6-8 launches for Starlink to go live in the US, and is expecting to launch 4 batches this year and up to 24 next year.

    The USAF test is with just one flight of satellites up and will get faster with more.

    SpaceX plans to start offering Starlink broadband services in 2020

    WASHINGTON - SpaceX is confident it can start offering broadband service in the United States via its Starlink constellation in mid-2020, the company's president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said Oct. 22.

    Getting there will require the company to launch six to eight batches of satellites, Shotwell told reporters during a media roundtable. SpaceX also has to finish the design and engineering of the user terminals, which is not a minor challenge, Shotwell acknowledged.
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    Shotwell said many of the Starlink features are being tested by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory under a program called Global Lightning. SpaceX in December 2018 received a $28 million contract to test over the next three years different ways in which the military might use Starlink broadband services. So far, SpaceX has demonstrated data throughout of 610 megabits per second in flight to the cockpit of a U.S. military C-12 twin-engine turboprop aircraft.
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