Elon Musk has just given us a first look at his rocket company's bold plan to bring ultra-high-speed internet to the entire world.
Musk posted on Twitter an image of 60 satellites packed in SpaceX's Falcon rocket on Saturday, along with new details about the global network of satellite networks.
SpaceX is currently planning to launch the rocket on Wednesday, Musk said, promising more information at that time.
It is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. and 12 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday night (0230 and 0400 UTC Thursday), aboard a 230-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket (70 meters high).
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 12, 2019
"It's likely to go wrong on the first mission", Musk tweeted.
The Starlink satellites, as they are called, are part of Musk's plans to build an unprecedented network of spacecraft that provide Internet services.
Musk announced the idea for the first time in 2015 and aims to build a fleet of almost 12,000 satellites. SpaceX has been increasing fundraising in preparation for that and another high-profile project.
If the iconoclastic entrepreneur meets his goals, Internet users around the world could see download and upload speeds that are about 40 times faster than the average, no matter where they live.
Musk and Space X have not said how much they would charge for the service, Business Insider previously reported, but the goal is to keep prices low and the best competitor and similar networks, such as OneWeb or Jeff Bezos' Kuiper Project.
This will not be the first launch of the SpaceX satellites. The rocket company previously launched two of the experimental satellites at the end of February.
But those satellites, called Tintin A Y Tintin B, were test satellites, and the last ones are at production design level, Musk said on Saturday.
Musk also shared a game plan for SpaceX moving forward.
To get lower internet coverage, "6 more launches of 60. [satellites are] necessary, "Musk said, while moderate coverage would require 12. SpaceX has said it intends to have Internet coverage available as of 2020.
An illustration of the StarLink constellation from SpaceX. (Mark Handley / UCL; YouTube)
As a Twitter user famous In response to Musk, six additional launches of 60 satellites reach 420 satellites in total. Musk was fined US $ 20 million by the SEC for claiming that he could take Tesla publicly at US $ 420 per share.
"That * could * not be my lucky number", Musk joked.
Although the first launch of Starlink will take place on a Falcon rocket, the company has been working for years on an ambitious launch system called Starship.
Musk said he will announce new details about the two-stage vehicle around June 20, but his earlier statements suggest that it may have a height of almost 400 feet (120 meters), be completely reusable and perhaps load 150 tons of cargo to the orbit.
If Starship starts operating in the early 2020s, as Musk hopes it will, the spacecraft will be able to deploy hundreds of Starlink satellites at once instead of dozens.
What's more, a spaceship designed for people may be ready to launch it to the moon and perhaps to Mars.
This article was originally published by Business Insider.
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