Musk shares look of SpaceX’s first Internet satellites

Musk shares look of SpaceX’s first Internet satellites

SpaceX to launch space internet satellites Falcon 9 is getting ready to take its first two Starlink internet satellites into orbit this Wednesday.

Musk anticipates that "much will likely go wrong" during the first few missions. To start, competing companies, including OneWeb and Kepler Communications, both of which handle satellite solutions in space, argued that SpaceX's lower satellites would interfere with theirs. On Twitter, Musk noted that the satellites are flat-packed inside the nosecone, or payload fairing, and there is no dispenser for deploying them into orbit. Together, the satellites are meant to fly in a synchronized dance over the Earth, providing internet to every region of the planet. The satellites are "flatpacked" into the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket.

The ambitious plan of SpaceX has received approval of Federal Trade Commission to send nearly 12,000 satellites into low orbit where they'll split into three orbit shell encased clusters arrayed around the earth. Then someone at SpaceX came to the conclusion that 4,425 wasn't enough satellites, so the company applied to launch an additional 7,518 satellites in November.

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

Elon Musk just gave us the first look at his rocket company's bold plan to bring ultra-high-speed internet to the entire world.

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Mr Musk tweeted: "More details on day of launch, now tracking to Wednesday, 6 more launches of 60 sats needed for minor coverage, 12 for moderate".

But there are also many more launches to come.

Depending on how the launch goes, Ms Shotwell said SpaceX could send between two and six more batches of satellites this year for the Starlink broadband constellation.

The dream of high-speed internet delivered from space may be realized by Starlink, but it's going to take a lot of work.

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