SpaceX released another 60 of its Starlink broadband satellites on Star Wars Day, no less than five days after the last batch. The company has currently shipped 420 Starlink satellites since early March, an amount that the CEO and founder of SpaceX should not be aware of, as he would definitely have been writing on Twitter by now if he had.
This launch took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 3:01 p.m. ET (12:01 p.m. PT) and used a reusable Falcon 9 booster that had previously flown eight times. This booster also landed on SpaceX’s floating drone in the Atlantic, linking the record for SpaceX’s repeated flight program for flying refurbished boosters, which was just set in March. This is the launch of the company̵
SpaceX also shared updated data about its Starlink user hardware, which is used to transmit and receive signals from the broadband constellation. To date, the company has received “over half a million” pre-order reservations for its service, which includes hardware advance payments.
This strong demand helps explain why there is such a backlog in order fulfillment for Starlink. Customers wishing to use the service can register through the SpaceX Starlink website and pre-order the kit that induces the Starlink receiver, router, power supplies and mounting hardware for your home.
The service is currently available to beta customers in six countries, including Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Mexico, the United States and Canada, but the goal is to continue expanding coverage to reach near-global reach by the end of 2021 in terms of availability of the service, and a number of additional launches are planned for the rest of the year.