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SpaceX Global Internet Project Launched, Test Satellites in Orbit

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.

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.


 

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David Royse is the Editor-in-Chief of Ledetree.com. He has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, including stints with The Associated Press and The News Service of Florida. He enjoys writing about health and medical science, and hopeful stories about scientific breakthroughs and new technology.

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