High winds force SpaceX to postpone first launch of Starlink satellites

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

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

Now, an expert has singled out Elon Musk and his SpaceX firm, with the company planning on sending 60 satellites into orbit as part of Starlink - a project which will hopefully see internet beamed from space, thus making it more accessible for everyone.

You can read all about the Starlink plan for space internet domination in CNET's handy explainer. The project is expected to be completed by 2027 and will consist which is almost 12,000 satellites - six times the number of all operational spacecraft now in orbit. Current internet satellites struggle to provide this because many are in very high geostationary orbits-around 22,000 miles above the Earth's equator-meaning that data takes a relatively long time to travel between the surface and back, The Verge reported.

The launch would be the first step in a competition that pits Elon Musk's company SpaceX against other companies, notably OneWeb, the enterprise backed by Softbank, Airbus, Richard Branson and other big investors that launched its first satellites in February. Unlike with some other recent launches which had instantaneous launch opportunities, the Starlink launch will have exactly one and a half hours to get off the ground.

The first 60 satellites will be dropped off at an altitude of approximately 270 miles (440 kilometers) above the Earth, if everything runs smoothly, and then they will gently propel themselves out to an orbit of about 340 miles (550 kilometers). He met with members of the SpaceFlight Insider team during the flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket with the MUOS-4 satellite. Liftoff is scheduled for 10:30 pm ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

In each plan, the tiny satellites orbit closer to Earth than traditional communications satellites, a radical shift made possible by leaps in laser technology and computer chips. "It's extremely sparse", Musk said, according to The Verge.

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That's a staggering figure - more than twice the total number of operational satellites that were in orbit in January 2015. By that time, we could expect other competitors to have jumped into this bandwagon. Starlink is only now authorized for operations in the United States. He said the system would cost $10 billion to $15 billion to create - maybe more - but that it would bring significant revenue to SpaceX once developed and ultimately help fund a city on Mars.

SpaceX is footing the bill for the launch, which Musk says is experimental in nature. These new satellites will be significantly different, Musk said.

Nicholas Johnson, the chief scientist for Orbital Debris, said: "Any of these debris has the potential for seriously disrupting or terminating the mission of operational spacecraft in low Earth orbit".

SpaceX plans to use Starlink to generate more funding in support of its goal of establishing a colony on Mars, Musk said.

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