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SpaceX Launches 60 Satellites to Provide Internet Service

SpaceX is the private rocket company of Tesla CEO and billionaire Elon Musk

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A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket, with a payload of 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network, lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 during a time exposure at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., May 23, 2019. VOA

A SpaceX rocket has launched 60 satellites into orbit, which will be used to provide internet service from space. The rocket was launched Thursday night from Cape Canaveral in the southeastern U.S. state of Florida.

It had been originally scheduled to launch last week, but was postponed because of high winds over the Cape and the need for a software update.

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A SpaceX rocket has launched 60 satellites into orbit, which will be used to provide internet service from space. VOA

The Starlink internet service will go into service only after hundreds more satellites are launched into orbit and activated. SpaceX is the private rocket company of Tesla CEO and billionaire Elon Musk.

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Musk said he saw Thursday’s launch as “a key stepping stone on the way towards establishing a self-sustaining city on Mars and a base on the moon.” (VOA)

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Reportedly, Musk Aims to Add 30,000 more Internet Satellites in Orbit

According to reports, SpaceX recently filed paperwork with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for up to 30,000 additional Starlink satellites

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Musk already has permission from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch up to 12,000 Starlink craft to low Earth orbit (Representational Image). Pixabay

Elon Musk’s SPACEX reportedly wants to add 30,000 Starlink broadband satellites to the 12,000 it already plans to put into orbit.

The firm already has permission from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch up to 12,000 Starlink craft to low Earth orbit.

According to reports, SpaceX recently filed paperwork with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for up to 30,000 additional Starlink satellites.

The recent request for permission could take seven years to get clearances before the specified satellites are launched, The Sun reported on Wednesday.

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Musk, the SPACEX’s Founder and CEO, said earlier this year that economic viability could come with a constellation of about 1,000 satellites. Pixabay

It is not clear how many Starlink satellites SpaceX will actually build and launch.

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And there’s no guarantee SpaceX will end up launching the already-approved 12,000 satellites. Musk, the company’s founder and CEO, said earlier this year that economic viability could come with a constellation of about 1,000 satellites, space.com report added. (IANS)