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An illustration of SpaceX's constellation of Starlink satellites

An illustration of SpaceX's constellation of Starlink satellites

Musk noted on Twitter that SpaceX will need to successfully complete at least twelve missions with 60 satellites in each mission (total of 720 satellites) to provide "moderate" coverage.

The latest satellites have a production design unlike the earlier models, though Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president and chief operating officer, reportedly told attendees at the recent Satellite 2019 conference that these will still be scaled down without intersatellite links and will not start launching satellites for actual service until later this year.

Elon Musk has posted a photograph (under) of the first 60 manufacturing satellites packed into the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket forward of their launch this coming week.

A Twitter user asked Elon Musk if the satellites were flat-packed and how will they be dispensed into orbit, to which Mr Musk responded: "It is flat-packed, no dispenser".

The roadster launch, the first test mission of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, used a fairing of the same size as the Falcon 9.

The hardware represents a first step toward completing Starlink, an eventual satellite constellation that will beam high-speed internet down to Earth from space. The FCC approval gave it its approval provided the company could even launch half of that number within the next six years. So far, there has been only one launch of such satellites, a test one that took place in February 2018.

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Now the company is preparing to launch the Starlink project in earnest.

According to Shotwell, the 60 satellites set to be launched are still prototypes. The satellites could also, in a worst-case scenario, trigger a deadly cascade of space debris known as "Kessler syndrome", which would fill space with so many hazards that humans are effectively trapped on Earth.

He also addressed that there's a possibility that "much will likely go wrong on the 1st mission".

If everything goes according to plan, the first 60 Starlink satellites will be launched into space on Wednesday.

SpaceX is just one of many companies eager to launch large constellations of satellites into space, in order to offer global internet coverage.

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