Health Editor’s Note: The cost of Internet coverage greatly varies from company to company and location to location. A cheap rate for everyone, all over the earth, would be appreciated, but also, we do not want one company to be able to censor, etc…..Carol
SpaceX Launched 60 Internet-Beaming Satellites Into Orbit
by Amy Thompson Smithsonian.com
SpaceX is one step closer to achieving its goal of bringing internet to the masses. On Thursday evening, the company’s fifth Falcon 9 launch of the year went off without a hitch (following a week-long delay due to poor weather conditions and technical issues) as the rocket leapt off its Florida launch pad at 10:30 p.m. EDT, carrying a stack of 60 internet-beaming satellites to orbit. These are just the first of nearly 12,000 planned satellites the California-based company plans to launch in the next six years as part of an ambitious initiative SpaceX calls Starlink.
Prior to launch, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted a photo of all 60 satellites stacked tightly inside the Falcon 9’s cavernous nosecone, filling almost all the available space. With each flat-panel satellite weighing in at about 500 pounds (227 kilograms) each—or 15 tons total—this is easily one of the heaviest payloads the Falcon 9 has ever carried to orbit and subsequently had enough fuel left to make the trek back to Earth. The booster doing all the heavy lifting is a veteran member of SpaceX’s growing fleet of reused boosters. Unofficially dubbed B1049.3 (an internal identifier by SpaceX), the rocket used in in the Atlantic Ocean.