At 00:34 on April 8th, Beijing time, the US space exploration technology company SpaceX used the Falcon 9 rocket at the Cape Canaveral launch pad 40 to launch the 24th batch of Starlink launches.
The launch mission was a complete success. After 60 Starlink satellites were put into orbit, the rocket was successfully recovered at sea.
This is SpaceX’s 10th launch of Starlink satellites in 2021. If this speed is maintained, SpaceX can complete 40 launch missions within this year, and each launch will make SpaceX further away from the Starlink program.
The rocket used for this launch is still Falcon 9 and the booster numbered B1058 is used. Prior to this mission, 6 launch and recovery missions have been completed. At the same time, this mission is also the 113th overall flight of Falcon 9. In addition, the fairing used for this mission was also recycled. After the mission was completed, the two fairings were salvaged out of the sea. After maintenance, they can be used again for the launch of Starlink satellites.
The successful launch of the 24th batch of Starlink satellites means that SpaceX has sent more than 1,400 satellites into low-Earth orbit, although some of them are no longer in operation.
This prepares for SpaceX to launch a fully commercialized Internet service. According to SpaceX’s launch in public channels, Starlink satellites will receive a comprehensive subscription service later this year.
Orbital resources and spectrum resources are both important and non-renewable strategic resources. According to international rules, first take first serve.
Since SpaceX announced the Starlink project, there have been such voices. One of the most intense discussions is: Can the Starlink project be successfully completed? The result is obvious. The Starlink Project slowly changed from a single plan to a star chain shining in low-Earth orbit amidst the mixed noise of doubt and expectation.
The Starlink project still sounds unfamiliar to many people. However, the Starlink project is actually very easy to understand. Everyone is new to Starlink, but not unfamiliar with satellites. In essence, the Starlink project is an upgrade to satellite communications.
The orbits of satellites are classified into low-Earth orbit satellites and medium-high orbit satellites according to the distance to the ground. However, the closer you are to the earth, the better the satellite signal, and the Starlink project is all low-Earth orbit satellites. If you compare the earth to basketball, then Starlink is a net bag for basketball.
After the Starlink launch is completed, to a certain extent, it can avoid the influence of extreme weather on the signal strength, which will bring great convenience to the ground signal transmission. Starlink satellites are mainly used for Internet communication. Musk has thought about the profit model of the necklace plan from the beginning of implementation. Users can purchase the network services provided by Starlink satellites, just like we buy broadband network services. This can be achieved. Long-term profitable service.
Not only that, Musk’s SpaceX Starlink satellites can also provide positioning services for his self-driving car Atlas, allowing Starlink satellites and autonomous vehicles to form a synergy. In addition, the Starlink project plays an important role in telemedicine, VR, and space cloud computing. For example, Starlink can help people in remote areas to provide healthcare services.
To a large extent, the Starlink project has seized near-Earth space resources. In the face of SpaceX, what should other countries do? Increasing the launch of low-orbit satellites is an indispensable measure. At the same time, promoting the industrialization of satellite communications is also the key to sustainable development.
According to future think tank data, “2020 is the first year of satellite Internet, and it is expected that China’s low-orbit satellite Internet satellite manufacturing investment scale will reach a peak around 2023.” This can be seen from the development of China in the past two years.
In July 2020, the Beidou No. 3 system will be fully completed. In the officially announced plan, Beidou will push the industry to a new level. According to the data of the “2020 China Satellite Navigation and Location Service Industry Development White Paper” previously released by the China Satellite Navigation and Positioning Association, “In 2019, the total output value of China’s satellite navigation and location service industry reached 345 billion yuan, and it is expected to form a scale of trillions of time and space in the future. New markets for information services.”
In the future development of Beidou, in addition to the maintenance of the existing system and necessary upgrades, the focus is on how to promote the application of Beidou in a wider range. It is necessary to promote the application of the Beidou navigation system in various fields, starting from basic navigation positioning, timing, and functions, to weather detection, natural disaster monitoring, environmental monitoring, and so on. By advancing the development of Beidou industrialization, it will become an important infrastructure that truly serves the modernization of the country and the lives of the people.
The Beidou system is not only positioning and navigation, but it is just its basic function. Now Beidou manufacturers are coordinating development, achieving global sharing of results, encouraging Beidou technological innovation, and helping Beidou marketization.
The communication industry has a law of development: the technology of the communication industry will be innovated every ten years. After the development of 5G, the concept of 6G also followed. In 2019, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China established a 6G research group called the IMT-2030 Promotion Group, which promotes 6G related work. In April of the same year, the world’s first 6G summit was successfully held at the University of Oulu. The theme of the conference was “Paving the way for the arrival of 6G”.
Only when there is competition, there will be development. In the near future, the communications industry will surely be an era in which the stars are shining and the service systems are performing their magical powers. Consumers will ultimately benefit. I look forward to the Starlink Project and Beidou Navigation to help the development of the industry, and also look forward to the arrival of the 6G era!