On Friday morning, CEO Elon Musk tweeted that all of the satellites are now “online.” It was its third attempt to launch after two postponements last week. The network of satellites is meant to offer internet anywhere on Earth. (New York Times)
Talking point: Existing satellite internet companies cover limited areas, and their crafts are usually deployed much farther from the surface that SpaceX’s Starlinks satellites will orbit much lower in order to provide greater stability in the service. Musk sees the venture as a way for the company to generate the big revenues it requires to fund other ambitious projects, such as sending people to Mars. But Musk won’t have the space all to himself. Amazon plans to launch 3,236 satellites, while SoftBank-backed OneWeb plans to put up 650 and Ottawa-based Telesat plans to launch 300.