Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites into space in May 2019 as a part of its ambitious plan to operate a broadband satellite internet. Now, Musk has tweeted for the first time using the Starlink Satellite internet connection.
Sending this tweet through space via Starlink satellite 🛰
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2019
SpaceX’s Starlink satellite network aims to provide economic and cheap internet on a global level. The company wants to offer the internet especially to rural areas where internet connection has still not reached.
Earlier this month, SpaceX filed paperwork seeking permission to launch 30,000 more Starlink satellites into orbit. Starlink network will offer high-speed and reliable internet in the northern U.S. and Canada initially with global rollout on the cards.
The Starlink satellite network will go live by next year, according to Elon Musk’s company.
SpaceX isn’t the only company planning to launch its own satellite-based broadband connection. Amazon also has plans to offer global bandwidth network from low orbit Earth under its project dubbed ‘Kuiper.’ In June 2019, the Jeff Bezos headed company sought approval from the authorities to launch 3,236 satellites into the orbit.
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Many space researchers have voiced their concerns about sending such a large number of satellites into space. According to the International Astronomical Union, the massive satellite constellations poses a threat to optical astronomy and radio astronomy.