SpaceX launched the second batch of small constellation Starlink. Which aims to provide high-speed Internet service in space, as part of the company’s strategy.
That will be able to cover the entire world through
- 24 launches
- 42 thousand satellites in the long term.
High-speed Internet in space
A live broadcast of the launch of Elon Musk’s space website showed that:
The Falcon 9 rocket took off successfully from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying 60 small satellites.
SpaceX wants to acquire in the future a portion of the Internet market in space. Which it competes with companies such as One Web and Amazon, whose project is still less developed known as “Kuiper.”
Global Internet future market
In the long term, Elon Musk intends to control 3 to 5% of the global Internet market, a $10 billion a year, 10 times more, generating revenue by firing rockets into space.
Musk wants to finance his missiles and spacecraft and later wants to settle Mars.
US authorities permission to Elon Musk
His company, based in California, obtained permission from the US authorities to launch 12,000 satellites on several orbits but applied for broadcast waves for 30,000 additional satellites.
Starlink aims to
- Provide high-speed Internet access on Earth and small satellites will be at relatively low altitudes (550 kilometres for the first batch).
SpaceX confirmed that:
SpaceX launched its first 60 satellites in May and confirmed that the constellation will be in service from next year to provide service to Canada and the northern United States.