Recently, Elon Musk has unveiled about SpaceX’s 60 satellites that are slated for the liftoff this week and this is the initial batch of thousands of satellites that the company desires to position in future with an aim to deliver global internet coverage from space. On Twitter, the CEO has tweeted a picture that shows inside of nosecone of the Falcon 9 rocket which has the satellites packed together.
The satellites are the first operating units of the company’s Starlink move, a strategic mega-constellation of about 12,000 spacecraft that will be seated in a low orbit above our planet and widen internet connectivity to the surface below. The Federal Communications Commission has approved the company’s permission to liftoff two sets of satellites for the SpaceX Starlink project. This will include one constellation consisting of 4,409 satellites and then trailed by the next constellation of 7,518 which will function at a quite lesser height when compared to the first. All the satellites are destined to hover in a harmonized way above the Earth and hence this will deliver internet to every region of Earth.
The company’s FCC sanctions are depending on the SpaceX being able to liftoff half of all the listed satellites in the coming six years. Till now, the company has only tossed two test Starlink satellites. These satellites are named TinTin A and TinTin B and they were put into the space in February 2018. According to Musk and the investors of SpaceX, both the satellites are appeared to do well, however, the company did end up positioning the satellites in an orbit that is quite lower than what the company has originally planned. As a consequence, the company has successfully appealed the FCC to soar some of the SpaceX satellites in the lower orbit and this is as per the information gathered from the two test satellites. Presently, SpaceX is bracing for the launch of its Starlink project in intense. According to Musk, the initial group of 60 satellites contains production design spacecraft that are unlike when compared to the TinTin satellites.