SpaceX has this morning completed the first successful launch and delivery of 60 small Starlink Satellites, which are Low Earth Orbit (LEO) dwelling spacecraft that could in theory deliver "ultrafast broadband" speeds of up to 1Gbps and low latency times of around 25ms (milliseconds) around the world. SpaceX is due to live-stream the launch as well as the deployment, which relies on the second stage's spin to release each satellite at the right time and place. He told that the total constellation of 1000 satellites will make the Starlink network economically solid and viable. The SpaceX Starlink Mission is scheduled for no earlier than 9:30 p.m. CDT, May 23rd.
The satellites were supposed to be delivered last Wednesday, but it was canceled because of high winds at the launch site.
SpaceX has publicly shared details about its Starlink constellation programs along with updated targets for its commercial services, satellite design and reason behind its thought process of having a constellation of 12000 satellites which is six times the number of satellites that are already in orbit. It will take 12 launches before the company can provide coverage for a significant portion of the world's population, according to Musk. "Always want to do everything we can on the ground to maximize mission success". In 2018, the space company sent a Falcon 9 rocket with its prototype satellites named Tintin A and Tintin B.More news: Daniel Craig to Undergo Surgery After Suffering Injury While Filming 'Bond 25'
Musk said the 60 Starlink satellites will be identical to the version set for mass production.
The first phase of the Starlink deployment plan will see 1,584 satellites in 550 km orbits inclined 53° to the equator and spread out across 40 different orbital planes of 66 Starlinks per plane.
"There is a lot of new technology here, and it's possible that some of these satellites may not work and, in fact, a small possibility that all the satellites will not work", he said.More news: Klay Thompson is ticked he didn't make an All-NBA team
SpaceX has previously estimated that its proposed Starlink array could involve as many as 12,000 satellites in varying orbits to provide global internet coverage, with the project taking at least a decade to implement.
If everything goes smoothly, Thursday's launch could allow SpaceX to take the lead in the race for satellite constellations. In February, Airbus SE-backed OneWeb launched its own clutch of satellites, while LeoSat Enterprises and Canada's Telesat are also working to build data networks.
In all, each Starlink satellite is equipped with multiple high-throughput antennas, a single solar array, and (crucially) Hall thrusters powered by krypton - all created to bring low-latency, high-throughput internet services to every part of the world.More news: How Tech Stocks Are Performing amid US-China Face-Off