SpaceX has successfully launched the third set of internet-beaming satellites at the beginning of 2020. The Elon Musk company has fired around five dozen small satellites into orbit on the top of its Falcon 9 rocket. The launch took place at 09:19 pm ET from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Monday. Before this, in the last year, SpaceX has launched two batches of internet emitting satellites. Currently, there are more than 100 satellites in orbit. Now, the newly-launched batch of satellites will join the fleet of satellites that SpaceX has launched last year. If everything goes well, SpaceX aims to deploy another 23 batches of satellites by the end of 2020. Eventually, Starlink constellation of SpaceX will have over 1,500 satellites.
So far, Starlink is the first-ever and most extensive telecom satellite configuration. Apart from this, SpaceX has gained approval from the government to launch a total of over 10,000 satellites. The Elon Musk company is also seeking to gain approval to deliver another 30,000 satellites over it. Above all, the aim is to offer reasonably priced internet service to regions of Canada and the US. Maybe, the constellation will start relaying internet to parts mentioned above by the mid of 2020. Eventually, SpaceX aims to broadcast high-speed internet across the world.
After the launch of Starlink service, the company aims to enter the market directly. It also means that, in the future, the space-based service will enter into the competition with services offered on-ground. Even more, the space-based internet service is likely to dominate the market with its top-notch service. Well, it is a multi-billion-dollar business plan for the company, which may significantly boost its revenues.
But there are some obstructions like development and launching cost. As per a previous estimation of the company, it would require as much as $10 billion to build and launch Starlink satellites. Even more, there are technical issues like SpaceX will need to create affordable terminals for customers. Besides this, SpaceX will need to estimate and make sure that satellites will not collide with each other. Notably, astronomers have questioned regarding the massive groups of satellites disturbing their night sky view.