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Tech & ScienceSpaceX launches first 60 satellites of its internet network

12:50  24 may  2019
12:50  24 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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SpaceX is targeting Thursday night for the launch of 60 satellites into low-Earth orbit, the first of potentially thousands in its Starlink project to beam broadband internet across the planet. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set to take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 10:30 pm (0230 GMT Friday).

SpaceX launches its 'heaviest payload ever' - the first of 60 Starlink satellites for Elon Musk's global This will be the first of at least 12 launches required to get the Starlink internet network set up Thursday's mission carried the first batch of five dozen small satellites into low-Earth orbit SpaceX on Thursday launched a rocket containing the first 60 satellites of its 'Starlink'

SpaceX launches first 60 satellites of its internet network © HO The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink satelites blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida

SpaceX on Thursday launched a rocket carrying the first 60 satellites of its "Starlink" constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space and could one day number 12,000 satellites.

One of the company's Falcon 9 rockets blasted off without incident from Cape Canaveral in Florida around 10:30 pm (0230 GMT).

An hour later, the rocket began to release the satellites at an altitude of 280 miles (450 kilometers).

The satellites then had to separate and use their thrusters to take up their positions in a relatively low orbit of 340 miles (550 kilometers).

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SpaceX postponed a launch of 60 satellites into low-Earth orbit that was scheduled for Thursday night, possibly until next week, citing The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral was to be the first of potentially thousands in its Starlink project to beam broadband internet across the planet.

SpaceX is targeting Thursday night for the launch of 60 satellites into low-Earth orbit, the first of potentially thousands in its Starlink project to beam broadband internet across the planet. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set to take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 10:30 pm (0230 GMT Friday).

That is slightly higher than the International Space Station, but well below the majority of terrestrial satellites, the highest of which sit in a geostationary orbit of 22,400 miles (36,000 kilometers).

The launch was originally scheduled for last week but was postponed, first due to high winds and then due to the need for a software update.

Billionaire Elon Musk's firm, which is leading the private space race when it comes to rocket launches, is now looking to seize a chunk of the future space internet market.

The launch will make it an early forerunner, along with rival OneWeb, a startup, but well ahead of Amazon's Project Kuiper, the brainchild of Musk's space rival Jeff Bezos.

Each of the satellites weighs just 227 kilograms (500 pounds) and was built in-house in Redmond, near Seattle.

Starlink will become operational once 800 satellites have been activated, which will require a dozen more launches.

SpaceX is in communication with all but three of 60 Starlink satellites one month after launch.
And two of the 60 have intentionally been de-orbited

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