By Deepika Notani
The rocket manufacturer ‘SpaceX’ short for ‘Space Exploration Technologies Corporation’ is an American aerospace company founded on 6th may 2002 by entrepreneur, Elon Musk. It is the first private company to launch and return a spacecraft and the first to launch a crewed spacecraft. SpaceX has flown 20 cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station in partnership with NASA. SpaceX won four awards in 2018: Best CEO, Best company Los Angeles, Best CEO Los Angeles and Best CEO for Diversity. In 2017, SpaceX won for Best Company Outlook.
SpaceX has launched several launch vehicles, the Starlink, a satellite constellation and the Dragon Spacecraft. It successfully launched its first rideshare into orbit on 13th June, lofting a new batch of 58 Starlink internet satellites along with three small Earth observation satellites before nailing a falcon 9 rocket landing at sea.
The launch of the second Starlink mission is scheduled no earlier than June 22. As the sky was so clear, the landing burn which enables the rocket to safely land on the drove ship was clearly visible from the launch site, roughly 350 miles (600km) away. At the end, company founder and CEO Elon Musk has said, that SpaceX will need atleast 800 Starlink craft on orbit to begin providing moderate internet coverage to customers in the United States and Canada.
Elon Musk hopes Starlink will get the rural and remote area of earth online with high speed, affordable access.
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