SpaceX Launches 60 Satellites for New Global Internet Service

Jeff Brody

SpaceX has launched an initial wave of 60 small satellites that are designed to provide internet connectivity for customers worldwide, Reuters reported Friday.

The 500-pound satellites will beam signals as part of the Starlink constellation for the internet service of the same name. A Falcon 9 rocket lifted the satellites Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to low-Earth orbit.

SpaceX will assess the satellites' functionality and estimates that they will be able to verify the launch’s results after a day.

The Starlink internet service is a business venture of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. He expects SpaceX’s launch service to generate about $3B annually.

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