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Elon Musk’s SpaceX Launches 60 Starlink Satellites, Eyes Global Internet Coverage

SpaceX will need another six missions, according to Musk, before Starlink can provide consistent Internet coverage for small parts of the world

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A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket stands ready for launch on pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 5, 2018 VOA

SpaceX has taken a giant leap towards making global Internet coverage a reality as its fifth Falcon 9 rocket of the year took flight, sending 60 Internet-beaming Starlink satellites into space.

The Falcon 9 lifted off at 10.30 p.m. on Thursday from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, following several delays: first a 24-hour delay due to high upper-level winds on May 15, and then a week-long delay so SpaceX could give the onboard satellites a software upgrade, reports Space.com.

Tucked inside the rocket’s nose cone were 60 satellites — the first batch of SpaceX’s Starlink mega-constellation, which the company hopes will help provide affordable Internet coverage to the world.

Following the successful launch, the rocket’s first stage gently touched down on a floating platform at sea, marking the company’s 40th booster recovery.

It was the third flight for this particular booster, marking just the second time SpaceX has flown a Falcon 9 first stage more than twice.

Getting the full constellation up and running will cost in the ballpark of $10 billion dollars, and SpaceX owner Elon Musk has conceded that such efforts have bankrupted others, such as the satellite operator Iridium, reports CNN.

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX. Wikimedia

But when asked about funding for Starlink last week, he said the company has “sufficient capital” to carry out its plans. He added that SpaceX’s latest funding round attracted “more interest than we were seeking”.

In April, the company sought to raise about $400 million.

If SpaceX confirms most or all of its satellites deployed successfully, and they are able to make contract with ground stations, the launch will mark the largest step forward for any company attempting such a project.

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It could even set SpaceX up to beat out competitors such as Amazon and SoftBank-backed OneWeb, which each want to form Internet constellations of their own.

SpaceX will need another six missions, according to Musk, before Starlink can provide consistent Internet coverage for small parts of the world.

It will take 12 launches before the company can provide coverage for a significant portion of the world’s population, he added. (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)