SpaceX will launch its satellite network in 2020

In 2020 the SpaceX satellite network will begin its commercial journey, after forming a base of dozens of devices in orbit in just a few months.

Starlink will take off commercially in 2020. The SpaceX satellite network plans to start admitting customers from mid-next year, when its network will already be advanced.

At the moment the space company of Elon Musk has launched 60 satellites as a first contact. The first stone of a project whose dimensions increase as time goes by.

At first SpaceX planned to create a network of 12,000 satellites in the low Earth orbit. The total cost of this entrepreneurship would be 10,000 million dollars. Finally it seems that the number of devices in orbit will be higher. The company has asked the International Telecommunications Union for spectrum approval for another 30,000 satellites. These would add up to the 12,000 planned in principle, which were already approved by the US government agency Federal Communications Commission.

To have the operating network in mid-2020, SpaceX will need between six and eight more launches. It should be borne in mind that in the first 60 units were placed in orbit, a figure that can be taken as reduced for what will come now.

Falcon Heavy SpaceX NASA

Falcon Heavy SpaceX NASA

The president of SpaceX Gwynne Shotwell has pointed out that for the network to be complete, 24 launches in total will be needed. Only then can they obtain global coverage. But before they can start giving commercial services. The company plans to offer bandwidth from low Earth orbit.

Financing for lunar and Martian projects
The SpaceX satellite network will be a key financing element for the company. Your future plans are expensive, so you need a solid source of income. In this way, you will be able to undertake your arrival projects to the Moon and Mars more serenely.

It is not the only source of financing, of course. The company has already carried out commercial missions and plans to expand this business dramatically with Starship in 2021. This spacecraft will allow scaling of cargo launches. Up to 20 metric tons can be taken to the geostationary orbit. If the destination is the low Earth orbit, you can with 100 metric tons. SpaceX announced that it already has three clients for Starship.

Of course you will need all the possible funds if you want to carry out such high challenges for a private company as placing robots on the lunar surface. Or, much more futuristic, even for space agencies like NASA, reach Mars and land with astronauts in 2030.

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