Elon Musk Plans IPO for SpaceX's Space Internet Venture Business Starlink

Katie Ramirez
September 30, 2020

The U.S. Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center's Lockheed Martin-built GPS III Space Vehicle 04 (GPS III SV04) satellite was encapsulated within a SpaceX payload fairing at Astrotech Space Operations Florida facility on September 21 in preparation for its upcoming launch on September 29 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

SpaceX tweeted: "Standing down from tomorrow's launch of Starlink due to severe weather in the recovery area, which is likely to persist for a couple of days". Weather conditions are 70 percent favorable for lift off.

The full Starlink network, also known as a "constellation", would consist of 11,943 satellites that fly in low Earth orbit and beam high-speed internet to anywhere on the planet.

SpaceX announced: "Falcon 9's first stage previously supported launch of Crew Dragon's first flight to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts onboard and the ANASIS-II mission".

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The Starlink satellites will deploy into a preliminary orbit about one hour and one minute after liftoff. "So, there's a lot to learn from how they're designed, and I think that there's a lot we can learn from them".

SpaceX has a strategy of attracting both customers - the company is collecting information from individuals interested in the service and customers of the organization.

"We can be in a position of stability for companies like SpaceX and for those who want to sell communications globally", he said during a media roundtable. "(They) aren't thinking about customers in the Arctic, but we have our aircraft there". Catch ULA's latest NROL-44 launch attempt at the company's official webcast below.

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