Elon Musk Will Launch 12,000 Satellites to Beam WiFi Anywhere on Earth

Sebastian Smith
Sebastian Smith

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk explained on Wednesday how the company's Starlink satellite network will serve as the company's key money-maker, unlocking his vision of sending astronauts to Mars.

Musk's comments came on a call with media hours before the company's first full launch of Starlink satellites. For the first time, Musk spoke to the network's timeline and gave details about how the company's satellites work. Musk also confirmed that SpaceX has the capital required to complete the project's first major phase.

Starlink represents the company's ambitious plan to build an interconnected internet satellite network, also known as a "constellation," to beam high-speed internet to anywhere on the planet. The full Starlink network would consist of 11,943 satellites flying close to the planet, closer than the International Space Station, in what is known as low Earth orbit.

"We see this as a way for SpaceX to generate revenue that can be used to develop more and more advanced rockets and spaceships," Musk said.

"We believe we can use the revenue from Starlink to fund Starship," Musk added.

SpaceX has built and launched its Falcon series of rockets more than 70 times. While the rockets rank among the most powerful in the world, Musk's ultimate vision is to send humans to live on Mars – which requires even larger rockets. That's where Starship, the massive rocket SpaceX has begun testing over the last few months, comes in.

Starship is designed to be a fully reusable launch system, and is intended to transport as many as 100 people at a time to and from the moon or Mars.

On the call Wednesday, Musk clarified that SpaceX's recent fundraising rounds "have been oversubscribed." He said SpaceX has the funding needed to build and launch enough Starlink satellites to begin using the network.

"At this point it looks like we have sufficient capital to get to an operational level," Musk said.

Musk shared a photo of the 60 Starlink satellites on Saturday after they were packed into the nosecone of the Falcon 9 rocket.
SpaceX "Starlink" satellites stacked inside the nosecone of its rocket before launch.
@ElonMusk on Twitter

SpaceX launched two demonstration satellites in February 2018, but much of the program — and the satellites' design — remained unknown. Although Musk fired the head of the Starlink program – a vice president who Jeff Bezos promptly hired to develop a similar network – in June, SpaceX has continued to advance the program quickly. In filings with the Federal Communications Commission, SpaceX noted a few changes to its plans. SpaceX also submitted an application this year to operate 1 million "earth stations" in the U.S., key to connecting the satellites to the ground.

Musk said SpaceX will need six more launches, with 60 satellites per launch, to get "minor coverage" for the internet network. A dozen launches, or 720 satellites, would bump the network to "moderate" coverage," he added.

"This is one of the hardest engineering projects I've ever seen done," Musk said.

He went into more technical details about the satellites' design and capabilities than previously disclosed. Each Starlink satellite has "about a terabit of useful connectivity," Musk said. The satellites will "automatically maneuver around any orbital debris," he said, to avoid collisions in space.

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Elijah Martinez
Elijah Martinez

"There's a lot of new technology on the satellite," Musk said.

The company will continue to develop and advance Starlink as the program continues, Musk promised. SpaceX plans to rapidly deploy Starlink, scaling its production and launch rate to between 1,000 satellites to 2,000 satellites per year. If SpaceX is able to stick to its current Starlink schedule, Musk said "SpaceX will have the majority of satellites" in orbit around the Earth within two years.

SpaceX represents one of several of these constellations in development, competing with Softbank-backed OneWeb, Amazon's Project Kuiper, Canadian operator Telesat and more. These ambitious satellite networks will require intensive capital, with some industry officials estimating costs running as high as $5 billion.

The satellite constellations expect to offer broadband speeds comparable to fiber optic networks, according to federal documents, by essentially creating a blanket connection across the electromagnetic spectrum. The satellites would offer new direct-to-consumer wireless connections, rather than the present system's redistribution of signals.

Musk said SpaceX does not think it is "going to be displacing" traditional, ground-based telecommunications networks with Starlink. Instead, he thinks the space-based network "will actually work well" with telecommunications companies because it reaches sparsely populated regions. While Starlink "has not signed up any customers," Musk said SpaceX is talking to "possible strategic partners," such as telecommunications companies.

William Diaz
William Diaz

I shall need 3 extra layers of foil

Adrian Hall
Adrian Hall

I am building my own hi tech salvage vehicle in my backyard

I am using old lawnmower and garbage cans and electronics from discarded phones and aluminum siding

This is a big opportunity to get this stuff

it's just floatin' around up there ready to crash into a Chinese city

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Levi Cooper
Levi Cooper

I've already got internet access.
So i couldn't care less

Aaron Thompson
Aaron Thompson

Before that happens, he will serve time for defrauding thousands of investors over Tesla and answer for the death of almost a hundred people using his car.

Owen Brown
Owen Brown

can't wait to get fried. thanks musk

Asher Garcia
Asher Garcia

"This is one of the hardest engineering projects I've ever seen done," Musk said.

Ya'Think ?……

the lisping bitch couldn't even finish one mile of hole in the ground.

Faggot

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Carter Powell
Carter Powell

Jewish mind scorcher

Christopher Russell
Christopher Russell

No he will not. It's just another scam to shake some shekels out of stupid investors.

Jordan Gutierrez
Jordan Gutierrez

It's just another scam to shake some shekels out of stupid investors

So he can be the 1st Martian
He's getting old and it has to be done in next 10 yrs

Jason Turner
Jason Turner

don't particularly care

Dominic Johnson
Dominic Johnson

Lmao, what scam will he think of next?
How will the CCP cock block this project?

Aaron Garcia
Aaron Garcia

Lol, that is his agenda.

Asher Morales
Asher Morales

Elon will win

Mason Walker
Mason Walker

I thought his name was a new type of perfume when I 1st heard it

Michael Brooks
Michael Brooks

Isn't this the guy who promises to do huge projects and never once gets anything done or accomplished?

If he gets this one accomplished can we scrap 5G please?

Sebastian Price
Sebastian Price

We need 5g though so every pathetic person on this planet dies. Plus my hentai needs to download faster.

Benjamin Sanchez
Benjamin Sanchez

BASED "EM"
Now this is something. I wish it can be accessed publicly.
This is way better than that that evil 5G that can penetrate your skull as wifi is already perfectly usable on its own without obstruction from space and can reach several kilometers with little ERP (compared to land based wifi providers) really safe as it only bounces off walls unlike GSM which made people living beside towers extremely frail and psychopathic, WCDMA/3g that made cows sick. 4G is based though depending on the frequency used but still proprietary and relies on amplification which can make people and animals sick again. WIFi is Based and not really regulated aside of ISM bands though we need a new standard as the WPA2 PSK had already been crackable just earlier this year.

BASED ELON. MAY KEK AND RA BLESS YOU!
BASED ELON. MAY KEK AND RA BLESS YOU!
BASED ELON. MAY KEK AND RA BLESS YOU!
BASED ELON. MAY KEK AND RA BLESS YOU!
BASED ELON. MAY KEK AND RA BLESS YOU!

Thomas Fisher
Thomas Fisher

We should. The design for 5G is that it can only reach up to 500 meters or even less when implemented which means your whole city becomes a killgrid of such harmful devices and they can also make it look like a cctv camera which gives it a swivel - perfect for targeting dissidents with EMF harassment.
It's higher frequencies reaching Ku Band and stronger too. They can literally aim let's say 6 of these swiveling devices to heat you up or even make powerbank batteries around your house explode once they finish that device that can visualize electromagnetic fields these will be completely weaponized and checkmate goyim but they can only use heat cameras inside the glownig van for now

Jose Sanders
Jose Sanders

Look at his twitter. He likes anime.

Robert Ortiz
Robert Ortiz

Someone shoot this pony in the head.

Jace Bell
Jace Bell

Musk gets money from trust fund kids in California and then pays people loads of money to do the engineering.

The people he pays to do his rockets are really competent and his rockets can compete with projects that have been going for decades.
The people he pays to do his tunnels and hyperloops are conning him and leading him to believe things are possible and safe which are not. I would do the same thing for a few million per year wages.

Jeremiah Reyes
Jeremiah Reyes

This guy belongs in a mental asylum.

Jason Morales
Jason Morales


Musk gets money from trust fund kids in California and then pays people loads of money to do the engineering.
brilliant business plan, he basically just needs to make exciting statements, and the money will flow

Bentley Brooks
Bentley Brooks

Google: Lets use balloons!!

Musk: Wat?

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