SpaceX confirms the successful deployment of 58 Starlink satellites on Saturday.
“Falcon 9 launches 58 Starlink satellites and 3 @planetlabs Skysats to orbit before returning to Earth and landing on a drone ship”, says the tweet.
Satellites designed to beam high-speed internet down to Earth were scheduled to be blasted into orbit on Saturday as part of the first “ride-sharing” mission by SpaceX.
Liftoff! pic.twitter.com/NuKBSc0esf— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 13, 2020
The launch is part of plans by Elon Musk’s company to deploy a “constellation” of mass-produced routers circling our planet to provide blanket broadband access and which is without a crew.
It is for the first time that three separate high-resolution camera satellites belonging to imaging firm Planet Labs, designed to monitor Earth’s geography and environment, have hitched a ride.