SpaceX launched 60 more of its Starlink broadband Internet satellites – on “Star Wars Day,” no less, and just five days after the last batch launched. The company has now delivered 420 Starlink satellites since early March, a sum that the CEO and founder of SpaceX must not be aware of as he certainly would have tweeted about it if he was.
This launch took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 3:01 p.m. ET (12:01 p.m. PT) and used a reused Falcon 9 booster that had flown 8 times previously. This thruster also landed on SpaceX’s floating drone in the Atlantic Ocean, tying SpaceX’s reusable flight program record for thruster resumption, which it just set in March. This is the 115th launch of the company’s Falcon 9 to date.
SpaceX also shared updated figures regarding its consumer hardware Starlink, which is used to transmit and receive the constellation’s signal for broadband service. The company has so far received “over half a million” of pre-order reservations for its service, which includes hardware down payments.
This high demand explains why there appears to be such a large backlog in terms of processing Starlink’s orders. Customers wishing to use the service can register through SpaceX’s website and place a pre-order for the kit, which includes the Starlink receiver, router, power supplies, and mounting hardware for your home.
The service is available to beta customers in six countries to date, including Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, the United States, and Canada, but the goal is to continue expanding coverage to achieve greater almost global reach by the end of 2021 in terms of service. availability, with a number of additional launches planned throughout the year.