Everything You Need to Know About Elon Musk’s Satellite Launch Tomorrow – Gizmodo

Everything You Need to Know About Elon Musk’s Satellite Launch Tomorrow – Gizmodo

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Photo: Getty ImagesElon Musk is a busy guy, and the latest project on his plate involves launching 60 satellites into space tomorrow. The launch is part of his company SpaceX’s Starlink plan—an ambitious attempt to bring high-speed, low-latency internet to anyone in the world.The gist of it is as follows. Starlink centers around using low earth orbit (LEO) satellites. Basically, once enough satellites are in orbit, they link to ground terminals on Earth that are roughly the size of a pizza box.
Compared to existing internet satellite systems, LEO satellite constellations are much closer to Earth—99 to 1, 200 miles instead of the 22, 000 miles used by traditional geostationary satellites. That means LEO satellites can transfer information more quickly, with speeds comparable to wired broadband and fiber-optic internet. .

According to a study by BroadbandNow, LEO satellite networks could potentially save American households more than $30 billion in internet fees per year, as well as deliver more reliable service to rural areas that don’t have many options when it comes to high-speed wired internet. Advertisement As exciting as that is, however, tomorrow’s launch is still a test run. Musk tweeted a photo of the satellites jammed into a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday, commenting that they were “production design.” SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell also recently stated this launch will focus on scaled down “test satellites” that, while very capable, lack intersatellite links.
The 60 satellites are also slightly different from the two demo satellites SpaceX launched in February 2018, nicknamed TinTin A and TinTin B. SpaceX has a decent amount riding on the success of tomorrow’s launch. .

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