Space tourism and the colonization of Mars are not the only projects of the ambitious entrepreneur Elon Musk. The CEO of SpaceX recalled his promise to provide Internet access to the entire globe, announced the date of the first launch of a large batch of Starlink satellites and shared an exclusive photo from the launch pad.
In his Twitter blog, the head of SpaceX published a photo of the "filling" of the head of the preparing for the flight of the Falcon 9 rocket. It will deliver the first batch of 60 satellites to low earth orbit. At least six more such launches will be needed to start testing the space Internet, and at least twelve to ensure relatively stable coverage. In total, SpaceX plans to put into orbit about 12,000 satellites in two groups of 4409 and 7518 units, respectively.
The initiative called Starlink has already been approved by the American Federal Communications Commission (FCC), provided that the company will be able to put into operation at least half of the planned number of satellites within the next six years. To date, only two test instances, TinTin A and TinTin B. the Launch of the first large batch, according to Elon Musk, is scheduled for May 15.
It is assumed that the successful operation of Starlink will be able to provide users with access to the Internet anywhere in the world. The company assures that the satellites are safe in operation and will burn when entering the atmosphere in the event of de-orbit, minimizing the risk of damage to people and structures.