Watch Elon Musk Satellite Launch of Space X Starlink Plan

Mindy Sparks
May 18, 2019

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. SpaceX will attempt to recover the first stage again after the launch, guiding it to a barge named "Of Course I Still Love You" floating in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX was forced to call off its highly-anticipated Starlink satellite launch due to strong winds in Earth's upper atmosphere, and has rescheduled to launch the rocket later on Thursday instead. Each satellite is equipped with a navigation system that allows SpaceX to precisely position the satellites, track orbiting debris and avoid collisions.

At 18.5 tons, the payload will be the heaviest that any SpaceX rocket has ever attempted to launch into space, according to the company. Noting it is a "multi-billion dollar endeavor", he said that SpaceX has enough capital for the time being.

Satellite operators sometimes draw a distinction between usable capacity and aggregate capacity when discussing low-Earth-orbit constellations, since the constellations are generally designed for global coverage, but are unlikely to have customers in every location where beams are active.

"Starlink will afford broadband data access to the disconnected 4 billion much sooner than most would forecast", Steve Jurvetson, a longtime SpaceX director, tweeted Sunday. For those who are not aware, Starlink satellites are the secret SpaceX satellites that have been developed for the satellite-based internet infrastructure.

We all know how Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, loves to break the news on Twitter. "This is a key stepping stone on the way toward establishing a self-sustaining city on Mars and a base on the moon". OneWeb and Amazon are the big ones, but there are also lesser known companies, like LeoSat and Telesat.

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. Disappointed with the pace at which Starlink satellites were being created, he terminated in any event seven individuals from the program's senior supervisory crew at a grounds in Redmond, Washington, outside Seattle.

Musk has faced other challenges.

The Federal Communications Commission approved a SpaceX application in 2018 to "provide broadband services using satellite technology in the United States and around the world". The cost of launching each small satellite is pricier than building it, he said.

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