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SpaceX is gearing up to launch its next fleet of Starlink satellites

SpaceX is gearing up to launch its next fleet of Starlink satellites
The Siliconreview
06 January, 2020

Recently SpaceX launched a rocket that will carry the company’s next fleet of Starlink satellites. A static-fire test was conducted by the company on Jan 4th at the Space Launch Complex located in Florida. The company recently made an announcement on twitter that it is expecting to send 60 more Starlink internet satellites into space and this will be the first launch of the year for SpaceX from Space Coast. On Jan 3rd the Falcon 9 was vertically moved from its hangar on to the launch pad to prepare it for a trial run. The two-stage rocket will be launched on 6th but a vehicle was put through by SpaceX as a part of its routine rehearsal. The static fire test is a standard part of SpaceX’s procedure before launch and it is considered to be one of the major milestones before the launch.

 Before igniting the rocket SpaceX’s test teams loaded it with liquid oxygen, super-chilled propellants, and kerosene. During the test, the engine generated more than 1 million pounds of thrust and the booster remained static on the ground. The data was reviewed by the engineers to confirm the launch for Jan 6th. It must be noted that in 2019, SpaceX carried out almost 19 launches.