SpaceX has launched 60 more of its Starlink internet broadband satellites – on “Star Wars Day”, no less, and only five days after the launch of the latest batch. The company has now delivered 420 Starlink satellites since early March, an amount that SpaceX CEO and founder must not be aware of because he certainly would have tweeted about it now if he were.
This launch started from Cape Canaveral in Florida at. 15:01 ET (12:01 PM PT) and used a recycled Falcon 9 booster that has flown eight times previously. This booster also landed back on SpaceX’s floating drone ship in the Atlantic and tied the record for SpaceX’s reusable flight program in terms of flying resume boosters, which it just set in March. This is the company̵
SpaceX also shared updated figures about its Starlink consumer hardware, which is used to transmit and receive signals from the constellation to broadband service. The company has so far received “over half a million” pre-orders for its service, which includes advances on hardware.
This strong demand helps explain why there seems to be such a significant backlog in terms of fulfilling orders for Starlink. Customers who want to use the service can sign up through SpaceX’s Starlink website and place a pre-order for the kit, which induces the Starlink receiver, a router, power supplies and mounting hardware for your home.
The service is available to beta customers in six countries so far, including Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Mexico, the US and Canada, but the goal is to continue to expand coverage to reach almost global reach by the end of 2021 in terms of service with a number further launches planned for the rest of the year.