SpaceX Increases Starlink Satellites in Low-Earth Orbit

SpaceX has lifted a new batch of low-Earth orbit satellites designed to provide connectivity for the company’s Starlink internet service, Space News reported Wednesday.

The launch that took place Wednesday raised the constellation’s number of satellites to 422, preparing Starlink for limited service. The new batch contained 60 satellites that each weighed 573.2 pounds.

The newly launched satellites will undergo tests at a 139-mile altitude before entering an operational altitude measuring 341.7 miles.

The Starlink constellation now has more than enough units to begin limited service. Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, said last year the company needs at least 400 satellites to start the internet service.

SpaceX said in a statement that it expects Starlink to provide internet for Canada and the northern U.S. this year.

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