Musk makes 420 joke as he teases 60 'Starlink' universal internet satellites


The company plans to launch 60 of its "Starlink" broadband satellites this week, likely on Wednesday (May 15), SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter over the weekend.

The SpaceX boss tweeted a shot of the flat-packed satellites flat-packed in the rocket's nose cone.

These "Starlink" satellites are named after Musk's plans for a network of satellites orbiting in space.

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However, the FCC dismissed both of these, saying that they didn't feel SpaceX's satellites would interfere with other companies' satellites' frequencies, nor did they think the satellits would pose a collision risk due to their ability to maneuver out of the way of approaching satellites.

The big disadvantage, of course, is that to have a proper global network, SpaceX will need to launch 7,000 satellites.

Elon Musk's Starlink Satellite Project reportedly won't demonstrate the satellite-to-satellite links that bind the constellation together, confirmed Gwynne Shotwell, Space X President, While reporting at the Satellite 2019 Conference held last week. As a result, SpaceX successfully petitioned the FCC to fly some of its satellites in the lower orbit, based on what the company had learned from those test satellites. So far, it has only launched 2 test satellites, TinTin A and TinTin B. This will be the next and so far largest batch, and Musk expects it to go wrong. The satellites could also, in a worst-case scenario, trigger a deadly cascade of space debris known as "Kessler syndrome", which would fill space with so many hazards that humans are effectively trapped on Earth. One Twitter user was quick to point out that seven launches would equal 420 satellites, a number that Musk has enjoyed. Shotwell said SpaceX could launch two to six more Starlink missions this year, depending on how this first flight goes, according to Space News.