Elon Musk Wants Global Broadband Internet. Here's His First Step

Ruben Fields
May 14, 2019

For the past couple of years SpaceX has noted its desire to beam down internet from satellites in the Earth's atmosphere, better known as Starlink, has taken a few small steps towards completion.

The duo seemed to perform well, according to Musk and SpaceX investors, though the company did end up keeping the satellites in a lower orbit than originally planned. "Tight fit", Musk said in a tweet accompanying the photo.

SpaceX plans to launch the first string of satellites from Cape Canaveral, Florida sometime this month.

The first experimental Starlink satellites were launched in February 2018, but the new launch, involving 60 satellites, will be the first commercial launch of many to come. To start, competing companies, including OneWeb and Kepler Communications, both of which handle satellite solutions in space, argued that SpaceX's lower satellites would interfere with theirs.

Satellites loaded into a Falcon fairing. As a result, SpaceX successfully petitioned the FCC to fly some of its satellites in the lower orbit, based on what the company had learned from those test satellites.

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The SpaceX boss tweeted a shot of the flat-packed satellites flat-packed in the rocket's nose cone.

SpaceX now plans to launch the rocket on Wednesday, Musk said, promising more information then. He also promised to roll out more details on the day of the launch.

He followed up with this concerning tweet: "Much will likely go wrong on 1st mission". 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.

If everything goes according to plan, the first 60 Starlink satellites will be launched into space on Wednesday. Now, the tech giant hopes to launch those satellites at 550 kilometers, which was approved by the FCC.

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