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The SpaceX Plan to Bring Speedy Broadband to the World Starts Now

The Starlink satellites are tightly packed into the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket.

Yet another Elon Musk plan to shake up an entire industry gets off the ground Wednesday night when a SpaceX Falcon 9 launches the first batch of satellites for the company’s Starlink broadband network.

SpaceX launched a pair of prototype satellites for the service last year, but these are the first of Starlink’s “production”-version small satellites. They will be part of a constellation designed to eventually include thousands of the flying data links beaming internet access around the globe.

Earlier in the week, Musk tweeted an image of the satellites all crammed into the fairing of a Falcon 9, which also had a successful test firing and is ready to launch as soon as 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Dave Thoma

Former Amazon exec with 25 years of eCommerce & digital marketing experience. I enjoy having fun while helping others to succeed. I'm a 3-time "cancer" survivor, frustrated golfer and coffee nut (not necessarily in that order).

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