Next week, SpaceX plans to launch its first wave of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket with the goal of creating a network of thousands of satellites to deliver a global internet connection from space. You can watch a stream of the launch below.
Our thought bubble, from Axios space reporter Miriam Kramer: This launch is a big deal for SpaceX. It will mark a proof of concept for the company’s satellite internet ambitions, and if it works, it could vault them ahead of other companies vying to build out “mega-constellations” to provide internet coverage from space, including OneWeb and Amazon.
Rocket type: Falcon 9
Mission name: Starlink-1
Cargo: 60 Starlink communications satellites
Launch spot: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida
Landing type: Drone ship in the Atlantic
What they’re saying: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Saturday that 6 more launches of 60 satellites are needed to provide minor internet coverage and 12 more are needed for moderate overage.
He also said about Starlink-1, “Much will likely go wrong on 1st mission.”
Yes, but: Possible factors that could lead to postponement include technical issues and weather conditions. There is an 90% chance of good weather for launch.