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13:35  13 may  2019
13:35  13 may  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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satellites ready for launch Elon Musk shows SpaceX ’ s first 60 Starlink internet satellites packed for launch This week will be massive for SpaceX . The SpaceX CEO Elon Musk just gave us the first look at his rocket company's bold plan to bring ultra-high-speed internet to the entire world.

Elon Musk has posted a photo (below) of the first 60 production satellites packed into the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket ahead of their launch this coming SpaceX ' s ultimate goal is to put nearly 11,000 Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit between now and the mid-2020s, providing high-speed internet

Elon Musk shows SpaceX's first internet satellites ready for launch This might be your best chance to get a peek at SpaceX's Starlink internet satellites before they're hurtled into orbit. Elon Musk has posted a photo (below) of the first 60 production satellites packed into the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket ahead of their launch this coming week.

As you can tell, the housing is stuffed to the gills -- Musk added that the satellites are "flat-packed," without the dispenser you might expect for some missions.

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Musk further noted that the launch timing was variable, but was "currently tracking" to May 15th (he also raised the possibility of a May 14th takeoff). He warned that "much will likely go wrong" on this first deployment, and that it would take six more similar launches to achieve "minor" broadband coverage, and twice that for "moderate."

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared a first look of his company's internet satellites packed and ready for Elon Musk shows SpaceX ' s first 60 Starlink internet satellites packed for launch . These satellites represent SpaceX ' s ambitious plan to build an internet satellite network, known as Starlink.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared a first look of his company' s internet satellites packed and ready for launch in a few days.

Elon Musk shows SpaceX's first internet satellites ready for launch © Thomson Reuters A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes off loaded with a Dragon cargo craft, during a resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. May 4, 2019. REUTERS/Thom Baur SpaceX's ultimate goal is to put nearly 11,000 Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit between now and the mid-2020s, providing high-speed internet access to areas of the planet where broadband is rare, spotty or non-existent. This first launch is really just a small part of a long process, and that's provided everything goes according to plan.

Elon Musk shows SpaceX's first internet satellites ready for launch
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