SpaceX postpones launch of 60 Starlink Internet satellites

Elon Musk Shows Off 60 Starlink Satellites Stacked Inside A Falcon Rocket

SpaceX wants to beam cheap broadband all over the planet. It's a bet Musk is making along with fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos on bringing in revenue as an internet provider from outer space.

In a phone call with journalists, Musk sounded cautious but excited.

Here's how the ambitious Starlink project would work.

As is par for the course for SpaceX now, the company will attempt to land the Falcon 9 booster on a droneship known as "Of Course I Still Love You", floating along in the Atlantic Ocean. Elon Musk has shared the news in a series of tweets where he not only shows off the Starlink satellites but also shows a picture of SpaceX's Starman before the launch from previous year to give his followers a sense of the scale.

OK, bad analogy, but for Musk to achieve his lofty goal, SpaceX will need to successfully launch 60 satellites now tucked neatly away inside a Falcon 9 payload bay.

Starlink is created to provide affordable internet access to people around the world.

SpaceX is launching 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit tonight that will help increase internet access for millions of people worldwide.

SpaceX plans to complete its Starlink in 2027 - the full-deployment deadline issued by the Federal Communications Commission.

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On board the SpaceX rocket are 60 small satellites that, distributed in orbit, will eventually form part of a $10 billion constellation. SpaceX chose krypton because it is less expensive than xenon, Musk said.

"We think this is a key stepping stone on the way toward establishing a self-sustaining city on Mars and a base on the moon", said Musk, who is also the chief executive officer of automaker Tesla Inc.

SpaceX's first-generation satellites won't have intersatellite links, but will be able to use ground stations as relays to "ground bounce" signals around the world, he said. This was reported by Musk on Twitter. And rival OneWeb, which has attracted billions in investment from companies including SoftBank and Qualcomm, already has the first six satellites of its constellation up.

Musk has faced other challenges. "If we are putting a lot more satellites than that in orbit, that's a very good thing - it means there is a lot of demand for the system". Currently, there are around 4,000 intact spacecraft in Earth's orbit-of which just under 2,000 are still operational.

Musk said Starlink will have continual coverage of limited geographies at around 400 satellites, or seven launches including tomorrow's mission.

Right now, internet is mostly delivered via wireless cell towers or cables routed to your home or office.

Such a huge network still would be dwarfed by the vastness of space, but the satellites will include a "collision avoidance" feature.

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