SpaceX Set To Launch First ‘Production’ Broadband Satellites

SpaceX Set To Launch First ‘Production’ Broadband Satellites

Elon Musk's Starlink Satellite Project reportedly won't demonstrate the satellite-to-satellite links that bind the constellation together, confirmed Gwynne Shotwell, Space X President, While reporting at the Satellite 2019 Conference held last week. "Tight fit", Musk said in a tweet accompanying the photo.

Musk had posted 60 "Starlink" satellites, neatly stacked inside a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket, ready for launch on Wednesday, at which time we'll get the full skinny on the service which could mean the internet gets 40 times faster than the one we know.

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".

Just imagine a network 12,000 satellites flying in low Earth orbit, sending Internet connectivity to anywhere on Earth.

Shotwell ultimately referred to this batch as "demonstration" satellites, which will test out how the company plans to deploy these vehicles into orbit.

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Announced by Musk at an event in January 2015, the initial plan was to launch 4,425 satellites of altitudes ranging from 715 to 823 miles above the earth.

Musk also noted that "much will likely go wrong" on this first flight. The satellites are "flatpacked" into the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket.

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.

Now the company is preparing to launch the Starlink project in earnest. A few more Starlink satellites launches are on the cards this year, but specific counts and dates for these depend on how this second set of satellites fare. More details will about the mission will be provided on launch day, he said. The company is one of several, including Jeff Bezos' Amazon, which are building these so called "constellations" of interconnected satellites to deliver high speed Internet from space.

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