SpaceX just deployed 60 Starlink Internet Satellites, the first of 12,000

When you think of Internet providers you don’t think of SpaceX, but that needs to change today. SpaceX has just successfully launched their latest rocket and the payload this time was a package of their own.

SpaceX has just deployed the first 60 Satellites, the start of their massive Starlink network that will eventually see the company launch 12,000 satellites. This network of satellites is designed to blanket the world with high-speed internet and has an estimated cost of US$10 billion.

The project is an interesting prospect, one that could deliver high-speed internet to people across Australia (and the world). In Australia’s context, it could provide the most comprehensive coverage ever, while also directly competing with the Government’s NBN.

The details of the Starlink Satellites are:

Once again the company proved themselves as a space superpower, not only successfully launching, but deploying and also returning the booster back to ground safely.

Falcon 9’s first stage landed without incident on the drone ship known as ‘Of course I still love you’.

This was the first time a booster has been reused for the third time, a key part of SpaceX’s strategy in reducing the cost of going to Space.

Here’s an animation of what the satellite looks like with it’s solar array extended.

And now here’s a video of the actual deployment of 60 Starlink satellites.

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Jason Cartwright
Jason Cartwright
Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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