SpaceX to launch first satellites for Musk's Starlink internet service

On May 15 SpaceX is launching 60 Starlink internet satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida

On May 15 SpaceX is launching 60 Starlink internet satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida

"We'd like to get Starship active as we deploy the constellation [of Starlink satellites] but it isn't required", Musk said.

Elon Musk's rocket company will try to deliver a batch of 60 satellites into low-Earth orbit, the first for a megaconstellation of satellites that SpaceX is calling Starlink. SpaceX will attempt to recover the first stage again after the launch, guiding it to a barge named "Of Course I Still Love You" floating in the Atlantic Ocean. According to the estimates of SpaceX, around 12 thousand satellites located on the Earth's orbit will be enough for implementing the project. Each satellite is equipped with a navigation system that allows SpaceX to precisely position the satellites, track orbiting debris and avoid collisions.

Musk provided a photo of the satellites packed inside the nose cone of the rocket awaiting launch.

Furthermore, there is concern from some quarters that the upcoming launches of large satellite batches by SpaceX-and others pursuing similar aims, such as European company OneWeb-could increase the risk of risky collisions and space debris. In the next six years, 4409 satellites will be launched SpaceX.

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But Sachdeva has raised questions about whether SpaceX is wise to plan a constellation of satellites that could eventually total 12,000. In the same post, Elon Musk included a picture of its battery electric vehicle sports auto that seems really small inside its fairing, back in February 2018 before the launching of the first test flight of Falcon Heavy spacecraft. From that point forward, the company will just have around three years to wrap setting up the star constellation.

Elon Musk does not only sell expensive fancy cars.

SpaceX's first-generation satellites won't have intersatellite links, but will be able to use ground stations as relays to "ground bounce" signals around the world, he said. Others with similar ambitions include Amazon.com Inc.'s Bezos, who runs rival rocket company Blue Origin LLC; Canada's Telesat, and Virginia-based OneWeb Satellites, which has backing from SoftBank Group Corp. There is a lot of new technology, so it's possible that some of these satellites may not work. Launch is scheduled for February 18. In November, the entrepreneur, frustrated with the pace at which Starlink satellites were being developed, fired at least seven people on the program's senior management team at a campus in Redmond, Washington, outside of Seattle, Reuters reported.

Musk himself recognized the scale of the challenge presented by the Starlink project in a teleconference call with reporters on Wednesday: "This is very hard". Starlink is only now authorized for operations in the United States. The cost of launching each small satellite is pricier than building it, he said. He noted there are already companies, including Iridium Communications Inc., SES SA, Viasat Inc., Inmarsat Plc and Hughes Network Systems LLC that are now providing global broadband services from space.

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