Secret SpaceX satellites: Musk seals years-long mission to place Starlink in orbit (VIDEO)

Secret SpaceX satellites: Musk seals years-long mission to place Starlink in orbit (VIDEO)
SpaceX launched the first two Starlink internet satellites into space, as part of Elon Musk’s plan to bring gigabit broadband to the world, in particular to those in less developed areas.

The car-sized satellites, which weigh about 390kg each, were launched from the Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday, after the rocket’s launch had been delayed a number of times due to poor weather conditions.

“Today’s Falcon launch carries 2 SpaceX test satellites for global broadband,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “If successful, Starlink constellation will serve least served.”

Musk has been working on the secretive plans for a number of years. The satellites, Tintin A and Tintin B, are testing the broadband service and, according to Musk, will “attempt to beam ‘hello world,’” as they pass near Los Angeles on Friday morning.

“Don’t tell anyone, but the Wi-Fi password is ‘martians,’” Musk joked. “That was a DM, right?”

The Space X satellites will have low Earth orbits so that they’ll be able to provide internet with a similar latency to cable and fiber broadband. Once testing is complete, operational satellites could start working by 2019.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the launches of 4,425 SpaceX internet satellites in 2016, but the company then increased that number to almost 12,000, Futurism reports.

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