SpaceX has announced a new date of Feb. 17 for the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with 60 Starlink microsatellites providing high-speed Internet coverage. Over a 24-hour period, the SpaceX team will further test the individual valve components that make up the 2nd stage on the Falcon 9 rocket. This is the second postponement of the flight: the original date of Feb. 15 was original date of February 15 was pushed back by a day due to adverse environmental conditions.
Beginning in May 2019, this is the fifth launch of the Starlink group of microsatellites into Earth orbit. In total, SpaceX has so far has managed to build an orbital constellation of 240 units. In the future, plans to increase the figure to 12 thousand spacecraft. This will allow organize a global network of 5G standard. The first who by the end of the current year people living in the southern part of the United States. SpaceX plans to spend about $10 billion on this project.
Company owner I. Musk has previously stated that to realize a minimum level of Internet connectivity over the U.S. would require 360 Starlink satellites and 720 units for the medium. According to a permit issued by the Federal U.S. Communications Commission, SpaceX must launch 2,205 units by 2025.