SpaceX Prepares to Launch 60 more Starlink Satellites

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The Next Generation of Internet Service is One Step Closer as Musk and Co. Get Ready to Add to Its Constellation of Starlink Satellites.

It’s been about three months since SpaceX launched a rocket. That doesn’t mean there’s been nothing going on with Elon Musk’s space technology powerhouse, though. There’s a new SpaceX story every day, it seems. Much ado has been made about Starship, which, in Musk’s mind is the Platonic ideal of a rocket-ship. While Starship is the flagship project for SpaceX, however, there are a number of other fascinating high-priority projects close to completion. Among the others are the Crew Dragon capsule and a constellation of up to tens of thousands of Starlink Satellites. 

So there’s been plenty on the SpaceX plate, but still, a launch will be nice to see. Yesterday SpaceX engineers test-fired the engines on the Falcon 9 rocket that will carry the next sixty Starlink Satellites into orbit.

The final numbers for the Starlink constellation are a bit. SpaceX originally talked about having a constellation of around 12,000 satellites. In recent days, however, the company has received approval for up to 40,000 satellites. For the sake of perspective, only about 5,000 satellites orbit around the Earth right now. So even by the low estimates, Starlink will more than triple that number, bringing the total to 17,000. 

So Why All of the Starlink Satellites?

Musk’s plan is to build the fastest, most reliable internet network the world has ever seen. In order to do that, SpaceX will need a lot of satellites. The more satellites there are, the more reliable and fast the network will be. Currently, a great deal of the international internet traffic that happens around the globe travels through undersea cables that cross the Atlantic. Those cables are at constant risk of failure from corrosion, abrasive forces, and yes, even sharks. Using satellites will eliminate the need for those undersea cables, and will increase reliability.

Today’s Test and the Future Launch

As you can see from the tweet above, yesterday’s static fire test succeeded. SpaceX is targeting the launch for Monday, Veteran’s Day. 

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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