Elon Musk shows off SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites before launch

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 14, 2019

Musk on Sunday showed off images of some of the first 60 satellites that SpaceX will launch into space this week, probably on Wednesday, inside a Falcon 9 rocket.

The idea of a global satellite network for the internet is not a new one, and let's be honest here, the execution doesn't generally end well. Some of the satellites will form network that will use the V band or a band of frequencies ranging between 40 to 75 GHz.

All 60 spacecraft are crammed into the payload fairing of a single Falcon 9 rocket, which will lift off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

If everything goes according to plan, the first 60 Starlink satellites will be launched into space on Wednesday.

"Much will likely go wrong on 1st mission", Musk tweeted.

Musk first announced the idea in 2015 and aims to build up a fleet of almost 12,000 satellites. SpaceX has been ramping up fundraising in preparation for that and another high-profile project. The satellites will be launched into three different orbital shells. "Tight fit", he tweeted late on Saturday.

So far, SpaceX has only launched two test Starlink satellites, nicknamed TinTin A and TinTin B, which flew to space in February of 2018.

Musk also shared a game plan for SpaceX moving forward. SpaceX has said it aims to have internet coverage available starting in 2020.

POT SMOKING, Grimes snogging, possible-alien auto salesman Elon Musk has revealed his next big idea to fix mankind - an array of satellites that will girdle the globe to provide a global WiFi hotspot.

"That *might* not be my lucky number", Musk joked.

Now the company is preparing to launch the Starlink project in earnest.

Musk said he'll announce new details about the two-stage vehicle around June 20, but his previous statements suggest it may stand almost 400 feet (120 meters) tall, be fully reusable, and lug perhaps 150 tons of cargo into orbit.

This launch comes after a California mission a year ago boosted two prototype Starlink satellites to orbit, known as Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b.

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