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Elon Musk has a deadline of 2027 to surround the Earth with high-speed Starlink internet satellites – but the service would work much earlier than that

Mark Handley / University College London / Reuters / Mike Blake / Business Insider Plans plan to launch their first Starlink internet satellites. Starlink could offer cheap, fast internet to remote areas and move vehicles such as aircraft, ships and cars. It would also make international teleconferencing and online gaming virtually unleashed. The plan requires that almost 1 2,000 satellites be launched in orbit, but Elon Musk said a fraction of it would be required to start selling service. According to Musk, the first service can be up and running in a year, with global service a few months after that, and profitable service – about 1000 satellites – a few months later. Visit the Business Insider website for more stories. Starlink – SpaceX's planned network of thousands of interconnected satellites – can come up as a functioning global internet provider rather than expected. The project's ultimate goal is to launch nearly 12,000 satellites orbiting the Earth, linking them with laser beams and giving customers access to the Internet system via pizza-sized flat antennae that SpaceX calls end-user terminals. If clear, such a floating network would have access to ultra-high-speed, low-level internet for pretty much every corner of the world. This week, SpaceX was scheduled to launch the first 60 Starlink satellites in orbit. But the launch was delayed twice, and now Musk says it will happen in about a week. The delay, SpaceX said, will allow time for a software update and give engineers a chance to "triple-check everything".…

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  • Plans plan to launch their first Starlink internet satellites.
  • Starlink could offer cheap, fast internet to remote areas and move vehicles such as aircraft, ships and cars. It would also make international teleconferencing and online gaming virtually unleashed.
  • The plan requires that almost 1

    2,000 satellites be launched in orbit, but Elon Musk said a fraction of it would be required to start selling service.

  • According to Musk, the first service can be up and running in a year, with global service a few months after that, and profitable service – about 1000 satellites – a few months later.
  • Visit the Business Insider website for more stories.

Starlink – SpaceX’s planned network of thousands of interconnected satellites – can come up as a functioning global internet provider rather than expected.

The project’s ultimate goal is to launch nearly 12,000 satellites orbiting the Earth, linking them with laser beams and giving customers access to the Internet system via pizza-sized flat antennae that SpaceX calls end-user terminals.

If clear, such a floating network would have access to ultra-high-speed, low-level internet for pretty much every corner of the world.

This week, SpaceX was scheduled to launch the first 60 Starlink satellites in orbit. But the launch was delayed twice, and now Musk says it will happen in about a week. The delay, SpaceX said, will allow time for a software update and give engineers a chance to “triple-check everything”.

 spacex starlink internet satellites falcon 9 rocket nosecone flat packed elon musk twitter May 11 2019 D6VKKwiUUAABZ_p "data-link =" https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1127388838362378241Elon Musk / SpaceX via Twitter ] In front of the planned launch, SpaceX founder Elon Musk revealed new details about the long-term plan for Starlink. Musk bristled at the idea that launch anywhere near 12,000 satellites is necessary to establish a fully functioning internet service that would make his business money.

“For the system to be economically profitable, it really is in the order of 1000 satellites” Musk said during a conversation with reporters. “There are obviously many satellites, but it’s far less than 10,000 or 12,000.”

Right now there are about 2,000 operational satellites orbiting the earth (though thousands of dead satellites exist in “cemetery paths”). SpaceX plans to start about 60 spacecraft at a time with its Falcon 9 rockets at workhorse and looks to start at least one Starlink mission one month over the next two years, based on figures from Musk.

“I think within a year and a half, maybe 2 years – if it goes well – SpaceX will probably have more satellites in circulation than all other satellites combined,” he said. “Basically, a majority of the satellites will orbit to be SpaceX.”

But Starlink can be functional even earlier than that. If there are no major problems with the satellites, extensive launch delays or end-user terminal manufacturing problems, the first customers can access within the next 12 months.

An “initial” service in the US – one that Musk said SpaceX could sell – should be possible with 400 satellites in circulation, according to Musk. Meanwhile, global and “significant” service should be done with approximately 800 satellites, he said.

“We are starting to sell service, primarily around the 400 satellites,” says Musk. “We will probably start making advance payments – if it goes well – probably later this year or early next year.”

The Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the types of frequencies that companies like SpaceX can use for telecommunications devices, gave the company’s deadlines for launching its Starlink satellites.

Until April 2024, SpaceX has been distributing half of its 4,400 Earth orbitals and the rest in April 2027. For the remaining 7,500 “very” low earth orbit satellites, SpaceX has until November 2024 to start half and November 2027 to send the rest. If SpaceX does not meet the contractual deadlines with the US government, the FCC may choose to freeze it maximum number of satellites no matter what the company has in circulation at that point.

Musk showed that demand for Starlink would determine hu s many satellites SpaceX launches. This is because each satellite will have about 1 terabit with functional bandwidth or enough to serve 4K video to about 1100 people at the same time.

If the 1,000 Starlink satellites in orbit required to keep the project in black can’t hold on to the demand, and the company has to start more, Musk said it would be “very good”.

“That means there is a great demand for the system,” he said.

Musk repeatedly pointed out that his timeline estimates depend on a lot of things that go right, and few things go wrong – especially with the first 60 satellites.

“It is possible that some of these satellites may not work,” he said. “So we don’t want to count anything until it’s hatched.”

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