Air Force hints at interest in Starlink as set for another launch as SparX

Air Force hints at interest in Starlink as set for another launch as SparX
Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches a Starlink mission in January 2020.

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SpaceX returns to its launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center on Monday for the twelfth launch of operational Starlink satellites. The mission is scheduled to depart from Launch Complex-9 at 10:22 a.m. and (14:22 UTC). Weather conditions are 70 percent favorable for lift off.

The Starlink-12 mission will fly to the top of the first phase of the Falcon 9 rocket, which previously launched the company’s first crude dragon mission in May and later the Anasis-2 mission in July. SpaceX’s booster will try to recover I must love you Drone ships

The mission brings the company’s 11th Starlink launch, SpaceX, closer to the universal beta delivery of its services this calendar year.

It has also emerged as a potentially important customer, indicating its interest in services that provide broadband Internet from the U.S. military, location. During a roundtable with reporters this week, a senior Air Force official said initial tests of the Sterlink system had been good.

“What I saw from Starlink was impressive and positive,” said William Roper, head of acquisitions at Air Force, according to Investors’ Business Daily. “They’ve cleverly deployed smartly engineered satellites. So, we have a lot to learn from how they’re designed and I think we can learn a lot from them.”

SpaceX has a strategy of attracting both customers – the company is collecting information from individuals interested in the service and customers of the organization. Of these, the U.S. military, perhaps the most profitable UC Roper, indicated that the Air Force is willing to support efforts like Starlink that bring innovative communications services that are not otherwise available.

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“We can be in a position of stability for companies like SpaceX and for those who want to sell communications globally,” he said during a media roundtable. “(They) aren’t thinking about customers overseas, but we’ve got our navy there. (They) aren’t thinking about customers in the Arctic, but we have our aircraft there.”

A webcast for Monday’s launch attempt will begin 15 minutes before the lift.

Starlink-12 launch.

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