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SpaceX has a plan to launch its first Starlink Internet Satellites.If all goes according to plan, the 60 spacecraft will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. EDT (May 23; 0230 GMT on May 24) from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The Starlink Internet Satellites were originally planned to launch on May 15, but that attempt was called off due to high winds.
According to space.com “SpaceX envisions the Starlink network providing affordable internet access to people around the world. But that won’t happen immediately; about 400 satellites will be needed to provide “minor” coverage and 800 for “moderate” coverage, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has said”.
“I think within a year and a half, maybe two years — if things go well — SpaceX will probably have more satellites in orbit than all other satellites combined,” Musk said. “Basically, a majority of the satellites in orbit will be SpaceX’s.”
“For the system to be economically viable, it’s really on the order of 1,000 satellites,” Musk said during a recent phone call with reporters. “Which is obviously a lot of satellites, but it’s way less than 10,000 or 12,000.”
Starlink is a key part of SpaceX’s ambitious exploration plans. The company plans to use revenue from the constellation to develop and build its Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket, which are designed to take people to and from Mars and other distant destinations.
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