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Elon Musk offers glimpse of SpaceX's 60 internet satellites ahead of launch

Elon Musk just showed off 60 of the first SpaceX satellites that could change the internet as we know it Elon Musk tweets a pic of 60 satellites, the first for SpaceX Starlink
Sandy Mccarthy | 14 May, 2019, 22:28

On Saturday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed the 60 satellites his company will be launching this week - the first batch of thousands of satellites that SpaceX hopes to deploy in the years ahead to provide global internet coverage from space. The shear amount of satellites needed to extend internet coverage relayed from space to every nook and cranny on the face of the globe means design limitations favouring low weight and miniaturisation.

As you'll be able to inform, the housing is stuffed to the gills - Musk added that the satellites are "flat-packed", without the dispenser you would possibly anticipate for some missions.

The Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch on May 15 or May 16, and Musk expects much to "go wrong on 1st mission".

The hardware represents a first step toward completing Starlink, an eventual satellite constellation that will beam high-speed internet down to Earth from space.

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SpaceX has to launch all the satellites within the next six years and so far, the company only launched two: TinTin A and TinTin B, back in February 2018.

The payload contains 60 SpaceX Starlink satellites, which is a project aimed at covering the planet with internet connectivity.

SpaceX's network is planned to go live in the mid-2020s after the launch of about 800 satellites. As a result, SpaceX successfully petitioned the FCC to fly some of its satellites in the lower orbit, based on what the company had learned from those test satellites. Musk remarked that the first 60 satellites are expected to launch on Wednesday. In total Musk has received permissions to launch nearly 12,000 satellites into space.

What's more, a Starship designed for people may be poised to launch them to the moon and perhaps Mars. They are amongst the several companies who are building these constellations of interconnected satellites to deliver high-speed internet from space.

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