More launch success for SpaceX
July 11, 2022
By Chris Forrester
SpaceX managed another textbook launch on July 10th when it placed 46 Starlink craft into orbit on a launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. A few minutes later the first stage booster from the Falcon 9 rocket landed onto the Of Course I Still Love You droneship stationed in the Pacific Ocean.
The success adds 46 craft to the overall total of 2,759 satellites launched, of which 2,472 are classified as ‘working’ and another 259 raising their orbits to the correct heights (plus this latest batch of 46), according to astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, who says there are “2506 in orbit”, plus this latest 46.
The event comes as Starlink confirmed its offer to commercial maritime vessels of a guaranteed service to ships of 350 Mb/s for a fee of $5000 per month. There’s also a one-time hardware cost of $10,000 for two high performance terminals. SpaceX announced the news after launching 53 new Starlink satellites to orbit on July 7th.
SpaceX added that Starlink Maritime can serve merchant vessels, oil rigs, and premium yachts.
“Starlink Maritime allows you to connect from the most remote waters across the world, just like you would in the office or at home,” its offer states.