Elon Musk’s satellite manufacturing company, SpaceX, has planned to launch a constellation of thousands of connected satellites for its project, Starlink. The project appears to be operative sooner than expected.
The eventual target of the project is to launch around 12,000 satellites into the lower-Earth orbits and interconnect all those revolving satellites with laser beams. This interlinked system would be able to provide internet services to billions of users residing across the globe via small, flat antennas.
Actually, the private American aerospace manufacturer, SpaceX, was set to launch the first batch of 60 Starlink satellites. But the launch was already postponed two times and now it is expecting almost one more week. Elon Musk specified that in the recent delay period, the engineers would install a software update and verify everything once again.
According to SpaceX, if everything goes according to plan, the company is expecting to complete its launches in the next two years, with the average of one launch per month.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)—an independent agency of the U.S. that regulates the types of frequencies used by telecommunication companies—has already given deadlines to SpaceX for launching its Starlink satellites. By November 2024, the company has to launch half of its satellite taskforce and complete the launch task by November 2027.
On a similar note, GA-EMS (General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems) recently announced about the arrival of its OTB (Orbital Test Bed) satellite at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The satellite is expected to launch on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, as a part of Space Technology Program 2 (STP-2) of the U.S. Air Force.
Apart from OTB hosted payloads, the Heavy Falcon rocket also includes Deep Space Atomic Clock designed by NASA, an Integrated Miniaturized Electrostatic Analyzer sensor payload designed by the U.S. Air Force Academy’s cadets, a Modular Solar Array constructed for (AFRL) the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.