Saturday, 17 August, 2019

SpaceX Delays Launch of 60 Starlink Internet Satellites Over High Winds

Elon Musk says that SpaceX is building Starships at two sites.                  Alberto E. Rodriguez  Getty Images Elon Musk says that SpaceX is building Starships at two sites. Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images
Sandra Phillips | 18 May, 2019, 04:56

But when asked about SpaceX's funading, he said the company has "sufficient capital" to carry out its plans. The rural areas will be benefitted more by this satellite launch.

"It's a heck of a lot of launches".

The Kessler effect talks about two satellites colliding in orbit, and that then kick-starting other collisions in space, and leading to ever-more debris in space.

According to Elon Musk, the Starlink satellites that had been packed into the rocket, were not prototypes as was the case with earlier tests but rather production satellites. The Starlink team is now led by Mark Juncosa, SpaceX's VP of vehicle engineering and an eight-year veteran of the company. The company has plans for an additional two to six Starlink launches, but how many happen this year will depend on how everything goes tomorrow.

SpaceX is launching 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit tonight that will help increase internet access for millions of people worldwide.

The launch is a part of his company SpaceX's Starlink plan-an aspiring endeavor to bring high-speed, low-latency internet to anyone in the world. But putting up a constellation of thousands of satellites is a very expensive proposition. The satellites in OneWeb's first-generation constellation of 600 operational satellites and 50 spares are created to carry 10 gigabits per second each, meaning the system should presumably offer 6 terabits per second of aggregate capacity (OneWeb did not respond to a May 14 request to confirm that number).

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SpaceX launched 21 orbit missions last year, meaning it could achieve that goal in the next few years - assuming it can build the satellites fast enough.

Musk said he was well aware of that history.

The biggest problems with satellite-based internet service right now are that it's too pricey for common consumers, and the satellites are so far from Earth that they have frustrating dial-up era lag times. Later generations would include intersatellite links and other upgrades, he said, though he didn't give a timeframe for when those would be introduced.

A successful launch Thursday would "surely put SpaceX in the lead", said Shagun Sachdeva, an analyst at Northern Sky Research. The Starlink will be using Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites.

"We'd like to get Starship active as we deploy the constellation [of Starlink satellites] but it isn't required", Musk said.

Musk described the terminals as similar in size to a small or medium pizza. The antennas could also be used to connect cars, he said.

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