The first 60 satellites of SpaceX would create an interconnected internet satellite network that could change the internet as we know it
SpaceX, CEO Elon Musk recently shared his rocket company’s bold plan to bring ultra-high-speed internet to the entire world. He tweeted an image of 60 satellites packed into SpaceX’s Falcon rocket, which are a part of Musk’s plan to build an unprecedented network of internet-providing spacecraft. The purpose of this interconnected internet satellite network is to make high-speed internet access available around the world. the ultimate goal being to launch nearly 12,000 of the spacecraft.
The launch of the first 60 satellites by Falcon 9 was scheduled for May 15th, this week, when Musk stated that he believes that a internet satellite network for consumers can help fulfill his vision of sending astronauts to Mars. The ambitious plan is called Starlink, and the full network would consist of 11,943 satellites flying close to the planet, closer than the International Space Station, in what is known as low Earth orbit. He stated:
“We see this as a way for SpaceX to generate revenue that can be used to develop more and more advanced rockets and spaceships. We believe we can use the revenue from Starlink to fund Starship.”
However, this is not the first time SpaceX has launched satellites, the company previously launched two trial satellites back in February. This week, Musk also shared a game plan for SpaceX: “6 more launches of 60 [satellites are] needed”, saying the company aims to have internet coverage available starting in 2020. The satellite network is expected to offer broadband speeds comparable to fiber optic networks by creating a blanket connection across the electromagnetic spectrum, and the satellites would offer new direct-to-consumer wireless connections, rather than the present system’s redistribution of signals.