The American private technology company SpaceX has launched 60 satellites that will provide a super-fast internet connection for users around the world. The Falcon 9 rocket, launched from Florida, took satellites into Earth’s low orbit.
The mission, the fourth in a row and known as “Starlink”, aims to set up a “constellation” of satellites, and the first were launched into space on May 24.
The company Ilona Maska plans to put almost 12,000 “Starlink” satellites into orbit. According to the dpa, that number could rise to 40,000 satellites that will burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere at the end of their lifespan.
Starlink should make the Internet available to a significant part of the world’s population, which is still offline, especially in rural areas, and at the same time offer the rest of the population, who are dissatisfied with their providers, a competitive alternative.
Each satellite weighs about 200 kilograms, and since they are placed in low orbit, about 2,000 kilometers from Earth, possible delays or interruptions in Internet connections are minimized.
SpaceX will begin providing the Starlink Internet service in 2020 to users in the United States and Canada, and will begin providing the global service after 24 missions.