About eight minutes after liftoff, the first stage booster on the rocket zipped back down to Earth and landed on "Of Course I Still Love You", the company's drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean, marking the third successful landing for that particular first stage. An hour into its flight, the rocket started deploying the satellites into low Earth orbit 280 (450 km) miles above.
Most are already using their onboard propulsion system to reach their operational altitude and have made initial contact using broadband phased array antennas.
The launch got here per week after two again-to-again countdowns for the mission had been scrubbed - as soon as because of extreme winds over the Cape and the following evening with a objective to replace satellite tv for pc software program and "triple-examine" all techniques.
Bill Keel, an astronomer at the University of Alabama, said: "People were making extrapolations that if numerous satellites in these new mega-constellations had that kind of steady brightness, then in 20 years or less, for a good part the night anywhere in the world, the human eye would see more satellites than stars".
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The total cost of launching the constellation will come to around $10 billion dollars. The cashflow received from this venture would help the company advance its Mars flight plans, helping mankind achieve its space exploration dreams. It's just the latest innovation from Elon Musk. It had previously talked about raising $900 million.
The launch was first scheduled for last week but postponed- first due to bad weather conditions and then a software needed to be updated.
One accomplished, six other missions to go until at least 400 units of Tesla internet constellation can provide internet for small parts of the world. 800 satellites are needed for a moderate coverage.
A new report from BroadbandNow said that the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites from Musk's SpaceX Starlink project and Jeff Bezos' Project Kuiper could save American households more than $30 billion per year by introducing more broadband competition.