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Elon Musk’s Space X Launches 60 More Starlink Satellites

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Space X, a private space company that is owned by American billionaire Elon Musk has added 60 more satellites to its goal of nearly 45,000 for a global internet network called Starlink.

Soace X what to have internet connectivity everywhere on earth. In May this year, the company launched 60 satellites that are in orbit right now and 60 more were launched to space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday.

The second Starlink deployment from SpaceX’s Flacon 9 rocket (a 1.2 million-pound spacecraft) was a success.

SpaceX plans to launch monthly Starlink missions in 2020. Just last month, SpaceX applied for 30,000 more satellites, which you can add onto the 12,000 the U.S. Federal Communications Commission already approved.

Once the entire constellation is in low Earth orbit by 2027, or possibly later, it’s expected to offer high-speed internet to anywhere on Earth. Last month SpaceX CEO Elon Musk supposedly sent a tweet using the Starlink network.

When the company launched its first set of Starlink internet satellites in May, professional astronomers worried that the super bright satellites would interfere with scientific observations and amateur appreciation of the stars.

“That first few nights, it was like, ‘Holy shit, the stars were super bright. That is a wake up call” Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told Space.com.

Here is a YouTube courtesy video.

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SpaceX and its leader, Elon Musk, reassured astronomers that once the satellites settled into place, they would stop masquerading as the stars they are named for.

 


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