The demo satellites to be launched on 15 May will be "test satellites" that don't have some of the features (inter-satellite links, for one) intended for the final Starlink satellites. The first two prototype Starlink satellites were launched by SpaceX in February 2018.More news: Texas officer shoots dead woman heard on video saying 'I'm pregnant'
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Tightly packed into the rocket's school bus-sized fairing will be 60 Starlink satellites, which will help kick off the company's entrance into the telecommunications business. Then someone at SpaceX came to the conclusion that 4,425 wasn't enough satellites, so the company applied to launch an additional 7,518 satellites in November. As a result, SpaceX successfully petitioned the FCC to fly some of its satellites in the lower orbit, based on what the company had learned from those test satellites. The satellites could also, in a worst-case scenario, trigger a deadly cascade of space debris known as "Kessler syndrome", which would fill space with so many hazards that humans are effectively trapped on Earth. The flight is now scheduled for May 15th out of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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SpaceX now plans to launch the rocket on Wednesday, Musk said, promising more information then. This first launch is really just a small part of a long process, and that's provided everything goes according to plan. Now, the tech giant hopes to launch those satellites at 550 kilometers, which was approved by the FCC. But now SpaceX is poised to gain a significant lead in the race to provide internet from space, though it looks like more hardware upgrades are still needed for future missions.