SpaceX Starlink satellite broadband gets off the ground

SpaceX rocket

SpaceX satellite broadband gets off the ground. The rocket is carrying two small satellites that will provide internet access to people around the world. From CNET:

After days of delays, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying two small satellites, dubbed Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force base in California Thursday morning. The blandly named satellites could serve as proof of concept for an ambitious global broadband service envisioned by CEO Elon Musk.

The recycled rocket’s main mission was to deliver the much larger Spanish Earth-imaging satellite Paz, a fairly routine delivery for SpaceX these days.

But once again Musk has sparked the public’s imagination with plans to build something unprecedented. In this case it’s two constellations of satellites, totaling over 11,000 orbiting craft in all, that will be able to deliver terrestrial quality broadband to anywhere on the globe, be it an Arctic research station or an African village.

The Federal Communications Commission granted permission for the operation of the MicroSats last year, but Musk only publicly acknowledged the existence of the prototype satellites this week, saying on Twitter that Starlink “will serve (the) least served.”

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