Elon Musk: Here are SpaceX's first 60 Starlink internet-beaming satellites

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He posted side-by-side photos of the Starlink craft in their fairing and his Tesla Roadster in its fairing in early 2018, before the auto took flight on the first test mission of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket.

While Elon Musk's SpaceX has made a name out of reinventing space travel and exploration, one of its long-term plans is to fill the sky with satellites transmitting high-speed Internet to every point on the globe.

The Federal Communications Commission has issued SpaceX permission to launch two groups of satellites for the Starlink project. The satellites are "flatpacked" into the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket.

A minimum of six more 60-satellite launches will be required to provide "minor" Starlink coverage, while 12 more will boost the coverage to "moderate", Musk said in another tweet last weekend. He followed up with this concerning tweet: "Much will likely go wrong on 1st mission".

The splashy plan was first announced in 2015 and aims at an eventual fleet of almost 12,000 satellites.

If the iconoclastic entrepreneur meets his goals, internet users around the world could see download and upload speeds that are around 40 times faster than average, no matter where they live.

This will not be SpaceX's first launch of the satellites.

Just two weeks after that February 2018 Falcon Heavy launch, a Falcon 9 sent the first two Starlink satellites skyward.

But those satellites, named "Tintin A" and "Tintin B", were trial satellites, and the latest are production design-level, Musk said on Saturday.

"That *might* not be my lucky number", Musk joked.

Though the first Starlink launch will take place on a Falcon rocket, the company has been working for years on an ambitious launch system called Starship. This first batch of 60 will also be used for testing, but will do more to pave the way for the constellation that the company hopes will be sufficiently deployed by 2024.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.

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