Starlink 2 v1.0 is added to the satellite constellation

SpaceX launches it’s Falcon 9 rocket for their Starlink project.

Last night at 9:19p.m. EST, SpaceX launched it’s 3rd installment of Starlink satellites into orbit. I say third installment because Starlink v0.9 were the first to go up. This launch, however, is actually number 2 of their version 1.0 Starlink satellites.

Falcon 9 rocket soars in the night sky just before 1st stage separation | photo: Jon Van Horne

What is Starlink? you ask. Starlink is the world’s most advanced broadband internet system. It will deliver high speed internet access across the globe and to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable.

One of the Starlink satellites had a less reflective coating added to it. This is to provide less night sky disturbance for astronomers.

SpaceX Starlink-2 Falcon 9 rocker as seen from Jetty Park Beach. I photo: Crystal Gabriel

Starlink is targeting service in the Northern U.S. and Canada in 2020, rapidly expanding to near global coverage of the populated world by 2021.

Looking forward to Starlink 3 which is currently slated for mid-January.

Jon Van Horne
Jon Van Horne

He began his career in media as a multimedia designer and developer in Montreal, Quebec. He developed a passion for media during his job in Photography and Video at a Montreal media content company. Other passions in media, photography/videography and soon going back to school in engineering.