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SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk explained on Wednesday that Starlink's satellite network will serve as a key maker of the company, unlocking its vision of sending astronauts to Mars. First Starlink's first launch. For the first time, Musk talked to the network's timeline and gave details of the company's operations. Musk also confirmed that SpaceX has the necessary capital to complete the first major phase of the project.
Starlink is the ambitious plan of the company to build an interconnected internet satellite network, also known as the "constellation", to transfer high-speed internet anywhere on the planet. Starlink's complete network will consist of 1
"We see this as a way for SpaceX to generate revenue that can be used to develop more advanced missiles and spacecraft," said Musk
. "We think we can use Starlink's revenue to fund a spacecraft," Musk added.
SpaceX has built and launched its Falcon series of missiles more than 70 times. While rockets rank among the most powerful in the world, Musk's main vision is to send people to Mars – which requires even larger missiles. This is where the Star Ship, the massive SpaceX rocket launches testing over the past few months.
Starship is designed to be a fully usable launch system and is designed to transport up to 100 people simultaneously to and from the moon or on Mars.
During the talk on Wednesday, Musk clarified that SpaceX's last rounds of fundraising have been overwritten. " He said SpaceX has the tools to build and launch enough Starlink satellites to begin using the network.
"At this point, we seem to have enough capital to get to the operational level," Musk said.
Musk shared a photo of Starling's 60 satellites on Saturday after being packed in the nose of the Sokol 9 rocket. SpaceX launched two demonstration satellites in February 2018, but much of the program – and satellite design – remains unknown, though Musk launches the head of the Starlink program – a vice president that Jeff Bezos is fast to develop such a network – in June SpaceX continued to accelerate the program. When making applications to the Federal Communications Commission, SpaceX made several changes to its plans. SpaceX has also filed an application this year to operate 1 million "earth stations" in the US, which is the key to connecting the satellites to the ground.
Musk said SpaceX will need six more releases, with 60 launch satellites to get "insignificant". coverage "for the web. A dozen launches, or 720 satellites, would hit the net to "moderate" coverage, he added.
"This is one of the toughest engineering projects I have seen," Musk said. for the design and capabilities of the satellites than they had been discovered earlier, each Starlink companion has a "terribly useful connection," Musk said, "Satellites will" automatically maneuver around all orbital debris, "he said, to avoid collisions in
"There are many new technologies on the satellite," Musk said. continued to develop and advance Starling, as the program continues, "Musk promised. SpaceX plans to quickly deploy Starlink by expanding its production scale. and launching speeds between 1000 satellites and 2,000 satellites per year If SpaceX can stick to its current Starlink schedule, Musk said that "SpaceX will have the majority of satellites" in orbit around the Earth within two years.
SpaceX re introduces one of some of these constellations in development, competing with Softbank OneWeb supported by Amazon, Kaiper, the Canadian Telesat operator and others. These ambitious satellite networks will require intensive capital, with some industrial employees estimated to cost up to $ 5 billion. in the electromagnetic spectrum. Satellites will offer new wireless connections directly to users, not redistribution of signals from the current system
Musk said SpaceX does not think it would "displace" traditional Starlink-based telecommunication networks. Instead, he believes that the space network "will work well" with telecom companies because it reaches sparsely populated regions. While Starlink "has not registered clients," said Musk, SpaceX spoke with "possible strategic partners", such as telecoms.