Miami, US, June 3 (efe-epa).- Four days after becoming the first company to send humans to orbit on a commercial spaceship, SpaceX on Wednesday sent its eighth batch of satellites into space from its Starlink mission.
The reusable Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on Wednesday at 9.25 pm (01:25 GMT Thursday) and 15 minutes later deployed the satellites at an altitude of approximately 550 kilometers (341 miles).
One of the 60 new satellites sent into space has a deployable visor designed to cut down on the glare of reflected sunlight.
If the new design works as expected, all future modules will have the same design to address concerns of researchers and astronauts who have complained that glare can hinder their work.
SpaceX will also aim to keep the satellites invisible to the human eye by changing the manner in which they fly in their operational orbit and altering their angle to avoid reflectivity.
Minutes after the launch, the rocket’s first stage landed on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean, reportedly marking the first time a SpaceX booster has successfully completed five cycles of launches and landings.
The future network of satellites will create inexpensive, high-speed internet access, especially targeted at those living in remote areas or with inadequate service for access to a network.
This is the eighth launch of satellites since the beginning of the Starlink program in May 2019 and part of the big initiatives of SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who wants to revolutionize the world through space technology.
Musk, who established the company in 2002, seeks to fund a manned mission to Mars, and reach his ultimate goal of people being able to live on other planets.
It’s a goal that seems to be nearer than ever after NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley landed at the International Space Station as part of the mission to validate the launch systems developed by SpaceX for the future commercialization of spaceflight.
NASA wants to use this model of commercial flights to reach the Moon and eventually send a manned mission to Mars. EFE-EPA