SpaceX serves a pioneering phalanx of internet satellites tonight (May 15), and you can watch liftoff live.
A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket carrying the first 60 spacecraft in MegaX's "Starlink" megaconstellation is scheduled to launch tonight at 10:30 EDT (0230 GMT in May 16) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Watch it live here at Space.com in the courtesy of SpaceX, or directly by the spaceflight company .
60 tightly packed satellites virtually fill the payload fairing of Falcon 9, as founder of SpaceX and CEO Elon Musk has appeared on a photo posted on Twitter on the weekend. This post also includes an image of the Tesla Roadster of Musk who are looking for small in it early launching it on the first test flight of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket in February 201
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The launch of tonight will be just beginning for Starlink, if everything goes according to the plan. SpaceX aims to launch up to 12,000 satellite for the constellation, designed to deliver cheap internet access to people around the world.
Six additional launches of 60-satellite payloads are required to provide "minor" coverage, and "moderate" coverage can be achieved by launching six more then, Musk said to another tweet.
SpaceX is not the only company with internet-satellite dreams. For example, OneWeb and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin plans to start building megaconstellations of their own in the coming months and years.
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