SpaceX wants 24 ‘Starlink’ launches in 2020

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SpaceX’s president Gwynn Shotwell told delegates at the Euroconsult World Satellite Business Week in Paris that SpaceX is planning for 24 launch missions for its proposed Starlink broadband-by-satellite system.

She stressed that its two-a-month launches would not impact other commercial and NASA launches.

Shotwell added that there would probably be extra Starlink launches this year – “probably four” – but that depended on how many could be fitted in with existing commercial obligations. Launches still to take place could number 7 or 8 this year.

She told delegates that SpaceX had now caught up with delays caused by rocket failures in 2015 and 2016 and now had rockets in its manifest ready to fly customers whenever they were ready with their satellites.

SpaceX can launch 60 of its Starlink satellites at a time.


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