SpaceX Starlink satellite broadband gets off the ground
A pair of blandly named satellites could serve as proof of concept for an ambitious global broadband service envisioned by Elon Musk.
After days of delays, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the two small satellites, dubbed Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force base in California Thursday morning.
The recycled rocket’s main mission was to launch Spain’s larger Earth-imaging satellite, Paz. It’s a fairly routine delivery for SpaceX these days.
But once again SpaceX CEO Musk has sparked the public’s imagination with plans to build something unprecedented. In this case, it’s two constellations of satellites, totaling over 11,000 orbiting craft in all, that will be able to deliver terrestrial-quality broadband to anywhere on the globe, be it an Arctic research station or an African village.
The Federal Communications Commission last year granted permission for the operation of the MicroSats, but Musk only publicly acknowledged the existence of the prototype satellites this week, saying on Twitter that the Starlink broadband service “will serve [the] least served.
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Oh! Musk has said he hopes to see Starlink operational in the mid-2020s.