SpaceX to launch first satellites for Musk's Starlink internet service

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Billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX postponed a planned Wednesday night blastoff of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the first 60 satellites for his new Starlink internet service, citing excessive winds over the Florida launch site. The launches are wonderful not only due to the extensive rocket taking off, but also since two boosters fly back to Cape Canaveral, making double sonic booms and a visual spectacle. After high winds delayed the mission Wednesday, SpaceX has again chose to stand down to "update satellite software and triple-check everything again".

SpaceX's projection for Starlink puts its usable capacity higher than any single geostationary communications satellite in orbit today, and would significantly outpace any other publicly known low-Earth-orbit constellation under development.

SpaceX wants to beam cheap broadband all over the planet.

And that's only SpaceX - OneWeb and Amazon will add thousands more.

According to Elon Musk, the Starlink satellites that had been packed into the rocket, were not prototypes as was the case with earlier tests but rather production satellites. That makes Starlink key to producing the money that SpaceX needs to subsidize Musk's bigger dream of growing new shuttle fit for flying paying clients to the moon and in the long run attempting to colonize Mars. It will take 12 launches before the company can provide coverage for a significant portion of the world's population, according to Musk.

This will be the second Starlink launch SpaceX has performed.

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Right now, internet is mostly delivered via wireless cell towers or cables routed to your home or office. The focus is on boosting Internet access to rural areas first. There are options for satellite-based internet, but those services are notoriously slow, expensive or unreliable.

SpaceX's first-generation satellites won't have intersatellite links, but will be able to use ground stations as relays to "ground bounce" signals around the world, he said.

Space debris can be detrimental to space travel and as Earth's low orbit continues to become more congested, experts including those at NASA have warned of its perils.

SpaceX has competition from other heavily funded companies.

Amazon unveiled its Kuiper Project plans last month. Launch is scheduled for February 18.

Musk said SpaceX would begin approaching customers later this year or next year. And rival OneWeb, which has attracted billions in investment from companies including SoftBank and Qualcomm, already has the first six satellites of its constellation up.

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