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A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket, with a payload of 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network, lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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.

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