Next Generation Starlink’ V2 Mini’ Satellites
The SpaceX company develops the second generation Starlink satellites known as the ‘V2 Mini’, a compact and smaller version of the V2.
SpaceX plans to launch its next generation 21 miniature (small) satellites on its upcoming Falcon 9 rocket into lower Earth orbit.
It was decided to launch V2 satellites on Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida on 27 February at 6:13 p.m.
V2 mini satellites have more robust antennas with faster frequencies, providing four times greater capacity per satellite than previous generations. It also has argon fuel Hall thrusters, a cost-effective alternative to the xenon propellant for the first time to be operated in space.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for granting satellite launching licenses to protect other satellite and terrestrial operators from harmful obstruction. Recently the FCC provided a grant for V2 Mini satellites to function.
SpaceX has been trying to get back its mega-rocket from space since 2021 to launch full-sized V2s satellites as they’re more effective and much heavier, having 2,755 pounds and 22 feet in length.
In contrast, V2 mini satellites are lighter, weighing 573 pounds, so they can quickly be launched by Falcon 9 rocket, but the company is still trying for a mega-rocket launch.