On 11th May (Saturday), SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the 60 satellites that are ready for its journey within a few days. The 60 internet satellites, which would be launched by the company portray SpaceX’s aspiring plan to set up an internet satellite network, known as Starlink. In fact, the first batch of thousands of satellites that SpaceX wishes to station in the years ahead to lend global internet coverage from space. In his Twitter account, Musk even posted a picture of the satellites that has been crammed tightly together inside the nosecone of the Falcon 9 rocket, which would take the space shuttle to orbit. The satellites would be flying close to the planet, closer than the International Space Station, referred to as the low Earth orbit.
The satellites would be the first operational units of SpaceX’s Starlink action, a planned mega-constellation of almost 12,000 spacecraft that will sit in a low orbit above Earth and transmit internet connectivity to the surface below. The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to give SpaceX permission to send off two groups of satellites for the Starlink project: one constellation of 4,409 satellites, accompanied by a second constellation of 7,518 that will function at a marginally lower altitude than the first. Together, the satellites would be flying in a synchronized manner over the Earth, offering internet to every region of the planet.
SpaceX’s FCC acceptance is conditional on the company being able to start half of all these satellites within the next six years. Till date, SpaceX has only send off two test Starlink satellites, dubbed as TinTin A and TinTin B, which flew to space in February of 2018. The duo appears to perform well, according to Musk and SpaceX investors; although the company did ended up in keeping the satellites in a bit lower orbit than it was planned. Hence, SpaceX successfully petitioned the FCC to fly some of its satellites in the lower orbit, depending on what the company had learned from the test satellites. Presently, the company is preparing to fire the Starlink project in earnest.