SpaceX to launch first satellites for Elon Musk's Starlink internet service
Updated : May 17, 2019 09:40 AM IST
In a call with reporters ahead of the evening launch, the billionaire entrepreneur praised the "fundamental goodness" of his mission to expand internet connectivity globally but cautioned that success was far from guaranteed.
Musk said he expects launch services revenue to top out around $3 billion per year, making Starlink key to generating the cash that privately held SpaceX needs to fund Musk's larger dream of developing a new craft capable of flying paying customers to the moon and eventually trying to colonize Mars.
A rocket with the first 60 Starlink satellites was due to blast off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:30 p.m. Each satellite weighs 500 pounds (227 kg), making this the heaviest payload for any SpaceX rocket to date.
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