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Elon Musk Shares Look of SpaceX’s First Internet Satellites

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Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. Wikimedia Commons

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has shared the first look of the firm’s Starlink Internet satellites packed and ready to be launched into orbit in a few days.

Musk posted a photo on Twitter, featuring the first 60 production satellites packed into the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket ahead of their launch this coming week.

“First 60 @SpaceX Starlink satellites loaded into Falcon fairing. Tight fit,” he tweeted late on Saturday.

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SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk, left, announces Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa (R) as the first private passenger on a trip around the moon. VOA

These Internet satellites represent the company’s plan to build an Internet satellite network — “Starlink”. The company is one of several, including Jeff Bezos’ Amazon, which are building these so called “constellations” of interconnected satellites to deliver high speed Internet from space.

Musk’s SpaceX’s ultimate goal is to put nearly 11,000 Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit between now and the mid-2020s, providing high-speed Internet access to areas of the planet where broadband is rare, spotty or non-existent.

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This first launch is really just a small part of a long process, and that’s provided everything goes according to plan, according to the Engadget. (IANS)

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Tesla Cars to Have Farting, Goat Noise as Honk Sounds, Hints Elon Musk

The US Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act 2010 states that electric vehicles must have an audible sound at speeds below 30 kms to warn pedestrians of their presence

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Tesla car owners will soon have the option to choose sounds like farting or goat noise for their vehicles’ pedestrian noisemakers and horns, Elon Musk has hinted.

Musk also tweeted about adding coconut sound as part of Tesla’s customisation exercise.

“Customised horn & movement sounds (coconuts being one, of course) coming to Teslas soon,” Musk tweeted.

Musk also teased goat bleats, rushing wind and coconut horse clops from the comedy movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”.

In another tweet, Musk also mentioned adding a whoopie cushion noise (made famous by Tesla’s “Toilet Humor” mode) and a goat noise, reports Teslarati.

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Visitors inspect Tesla electric cars at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, Jan. 18, 2019. VOA

The noisemakers have drawn both positive and negative reviews from consumers, but “the addition of the sounds will keep pedestrians safe in the long run”.

The electric car maker has reportedly started rolling out a pedestrian noisemaker for the Model 3 sedan.

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The noisemakers, which are designed to emit a sound while vehicles are moving below 30 kms in forward and reverse, have reportedly been installed on Model 3 units that were built since September 1.

The US Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act 2010 states that electric vehicles must have an audible sound at speeds below 30 kms to warn pedestrians of their presence. (IANS)