Elon Musk’s internet service has taken another great stride after 57 more Starlink satellites were launched today. Mr Musk has said that Starlink needs to have about 800 satellites in orbit before it can begin to roll out initial services. But even if the company is not yet supplying internet yet, you can still see SpaceX’s physical work dotted across the night’s sky.
Express.co.uk gives you the complete rundown of the times the Starlink constellation will be visible over the UK in the coming days.
August 8: Travelling west to east at 2.26am (Poor visibility)
August 8: Travelling west to east at 3.20am
August 9: Travelling west to east at 3.05am
August 9: Travelling west to east at 4.39am
August 10: Travelling west to east at 2.12am (Poor visibility)
August 10: Travelling west to east at 3.44am
August 11: Travelling west to east at 2.51am
August 11: Travelling west to east at 4.24am
The website Find Starlink also allows you to track the satellites in real time.
At the time of writing, the fleet of miniature satellites is currently travelling in a southwestern direction over the Indian Ocean, virtually halfway between the southern tip of Africa and Antarctica.
It has been a busy few weeks for SpaceX, with the company reaching other major milestones on top of its latest Starlink launch, with the company safely returning two NASA astronauts from the ISS on Monday.
Doug Hurley and Bob Benken returned from the orbiting laboratory on the Dragon capsule, prompting Mr Musk to welcome in a new era of the space age.
He said: “We’re going to go to the moon, we’re going to have a base on the moon, we’re going to send people to Mars and make life multi-planetary.”
He also tweeted: “When space travel becomes as common as air travel, the future of civilisation will be assured.”
On Wednesday, the company also tested its Starship rocket.
The Starship rocket completed a 150-metre “hop” earlier today to demonstrate its lift-off and landing capabilities in Boca Chica, Texas.
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Videos show the rocket completing the relatively small jump after a huge blast of fire emerges from the bottom rocket.
Mr Musk tweeted following the test: “Mars is looking real. Progress is accelerating.”
Starship will take humans across the solar system, and be able to return them to Earth.
It will first be used to ferry humans to the Moon, and eventually Mars when the time comes.
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