SpaceX shared its plans within Starlink project. The company intends to launch around 12,000 satellites, which is about six times the number of existing ones in orbit for the rest of the world in total, as Space News report.
“SpaceX’s first launch with a large number of Starlink satellites was pushed back 24 hours, with a new launch window opening at 10:30 p.m. Eastern May 16,” the news agency reads.
It was also noted that the Flacon 9 mission is to carry 60 Starlink satellites.
“For the system to be economically viable, it’s really on the order of 1,000 satellites. If we are putting a lot more satellites than that in orbit, that’s a very good thing — it means there is a lot of demand for the system,” SpaceX Head Ilon Musk said.
The launch of the first part of satellites had to take place on May 15, yet it was postponed on May 16 and then on May 17 due to wind gusts.
“Musk said reaching 12,000 satellites would indicate a “very successful outcome” for Starlink. SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell said May 7 that the company plans three to seven Starlink launches this year,” Space News informs.
Musk says SpaceX can manage the launch of 2000 satellites per year.
“It’s a heck of a lot of launches. We will hopefully have Starship active by the time we are anywhere near 12,000 satellites,” he said.
There are some 2,100 operation satellites in orbit today according to Bryce Space and Technology as of May 8.