In Landmark Mission, Space X Launches 60 ‘Starlink’ Internet Satellites

Space X intends to blanket the world in high-speed internet coverage


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SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket with 60 Starlink internet satellites, in the first delivery of what is planned to eventually be 12,000 satellites that will beam internet to every part of the planet.

The rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida, at 10:30 p.m. Thursday (5:30 a.m. Friday Kyiv time).

Its solar-powered satellites are already in orbit and online.

“This was one of the hardest engineer projects I’ve ever seen done, and it’s been executed really well,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said during a conference call.

Following a successful launch, the rocket’s first stage gently touched down on a floating sea platform, marking the company’s 40th booster recovery. Space X has also landed its’ Falcon 9, making this that rocket’s third time going to space and back.

And as they say, “the third time’s the charm.”

The original launch date had been May 15 but was delayed due to high upper-level winds. Then there was second delay so that SpaceX could give its satellites a software upgrade.

If Space X manages to get all of its planned satellites up, which will require quite a lot of launches, it could blanket the world with internet coverage.

“This would provide connectivity to people that either don’t have any connectivity today, or where it’s extremely expensive and unreliable,” Musk said. He also said that this system would “provide a competitive option” to people in more developed areas who might want another option for their internet provider.

Beyond that, Space X hopes to use the profits from its Starlink network to finance an even more ambitious project- a manned-mission to Mars.

Source UATV
date 24.05.2019
categories Science
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