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SpaceX has successfully launched the first part of its satellite train into space, and it’s aimed to deliver global high-speed internet to all parts of Earth. The agency’s Falcon 9 rocket sent 60 satellites into the sky this past Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and each one of these weighs in at 500-pounds. “This mission will push the operational capabilities of the satellites to the limit. SpaceX expects to encounter issues along the way, but our learnings here are key to developing an affordable and reliable broadband service in the future,”said SpaceX in a statement. Read more for two additional videos and information.
“The company plans to make six more launches in 2019, which will set it up to provide minor internet coverage. After 12 launches, SpaceX will be able to provide moderate coverage. In total, the company plans to launch 12,000 satellites. SpaceX hasn’t revealed what it will charge for its internet service, but SpaceX founder Elon Musk previously said that he expects to make enough money off the venture to power future space missions,” reports US News.