Although the Internet is tremendously popular nowadays, there still are areas on the planet where you can’t find Wi-Fi or any other sort of Internet connection. That’s what Elon Musk plans to fix with his SpaceX agency, besides his much more ambitious plan of getting humans to Mars.
Therefore, SpaceX launched recently 60 satellites so that the Internet will be even more widespread than it already is. Internet means knowledge and the spread of it, and such a piece of news can only bring joy to us.
The Faulcon rocket sent them to space
The Faulcon rocket was the privileged one to carry the 60 Starlink satellites into space, after another shipment of 60 satellites has been lifted into orbit back in May. This time, each satellite weights 575 pounds (260kg). The main goal for Elon Musk, who is the SpaceX founder and chief executive, is to provide high-speed Internet connections everywhere on the planet until the end of 2020. He hopes to have several thousands of Internet satellites floating above the Earth’s atmosphere.
We shouldn’t forget that in space there are plenty of dangerous and unforeseen obstacles, and the engineers of the Starlink satellites had also thought about it. Even a little rock the size of a tennis ball can cause damage to a satellite. Luckily, that cannot be also the case for the Starlink satellites since they are equipped with an autonomous system which is decisive in dodging space junk. Therefore, we shouldn’t be worried about the satellites to be colliding with any space debris up there.
But why not hope for both? Why wouldn’t we have Internet on Mars and talk on Skype with Martians? For those who don’t know, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., doing business as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company founded in 2002 by Elon Musk with the main purpose of the colonization of Mars.