SpaceX, the rocket company founded and led by Elon Musk, was planning to launch 60 internet-providing statellites into the earth's orbit - the first of 12,000 that it plans to launch in a bid to provide the planet with high-speed internet.
The company's launch of the Falcon 9 rocket with 60 satellites this week is a key step toward creating a space-based constellation that beams broadband to under-served areas across the globe. While 60 satellites in a single launch is an incredible feat, SpaceX will need thousands of the Starlink devices in order to ensure the new communications network works as intended, and that means many more launches in the future. However, this first batch is more of a test-bed than anything else; they won't be laser-connected to each other, and will most likely be used to test ground-to-space links between antennas at Earth stations and the satellites.
The multibillion-dollar Starlink project has been approved by the USA communications agency to send nearly 12,000 satellites into space. It will try again in about a week, the tweet said. The list price for a Falcon 9 launch is $62 million.
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The launch will also feature a landing attempt by the Falcon 9's first stage on one of SpaceX's drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean, Space.com reported.
On April 11, 2019, the Falcon Heavy was successful to deploy Arabsat-6A, the Saudi Arabian satellite.
Yet, Sachdeva has brought up issues about whether SpaceX is shrewd to design a heavenly body of satellites that could eventually total 12,000.
The biggest problems with satellite-based internet service right now are that it's too pricey for common consumers, and the satellites are so far from Earth that they have frustrating dial-up era lag times.
In a phone call with journalists, Musk sounded cautious but excited. SpaceX plans to show the whole mission from start to finish, with live coverage starting about 15 minutes before launch. Right now, there are almost 2,000 functioning satellites in orbit, but satellite internet initiatives like those of SpaceX, OneWeb, and more could quadruple that number. One can imagine sharing such data with competitors like OneWeb and Telesat or even with Russia, China or India.