SpaceX launched two small prototype satellites this week to test the idea of beaming the internet back to Earth. It’s the first step in an effort to create truly worldwide web coverage – bringing internet access to all, across the globe.
David Royse | LedeTree
When the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on Thursday from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, it carried two small prototype satellites, Tintin A&B, that are now deployed and communicating to stations on earth. They’re the first of thousands of satellites Elon Musk’s company wants to launch into orbit in an audacious plan to carry internet to all corners of the globe.
First two Starlink demo satellites, called Tintin A & B, deployed and communicating to Earth stations pic.twitter.com/TfI53wHEtz
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 22, 2018
Starlink is SpaceX’s planned satellite constellation project, aimed at reducing the internet access gap by using satellites to beam internet signals around the Earth.
Whatever the global good it would produce, documents published last year by the Wall Street Journal indicated that Musk sees Starlink as a major revenue producer, one that could help fund SpaceX’s other operations. Musk has also said it might help fund his dream of creating a city on Mars.
Today’s Falcon launch carries 2 SpaceX test satellites for global broadband. If successful, Starlink constellation will serve least served.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 21, 2018