By B.N. Frank
SpaceX satellite and rocket explosions can and have happened. Last month, the company delayed a satellite fleet launch due to rocket “recovery issue” without explaining what that meant. Regardless, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continues to approve tens of thousands of satellites and similar vehicles from SpaceX and other companies to provide internet coverage – including unsafe 5G – from space (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) DESPITE increasing warnings, opposition, accidents and almost accidents.
The White House recently issued a directive that requires manufacturers to better monitor and safeguard satellites and similar vehicles. Will it make much difference? Who knows! What we do know is that SpaceX has launched 60 additional satellites even though internet coverage CAN be provided in ways that are less dangerous – like hardwired connections – and Americans HAVE ALREADY PAID to have it installed more safely anyway (see 1, 2).
SpaceX has launched enough satellites for Starlink’s upcoming public beta
“Fairly wide public beta” to come after latest satellites reach target position.
SpaceX’s Starlink broadband has been available in a limited beta for the past few months, and SpaceX has now launched enough satellites for a public beta that will be available to more customers. However, the newly launched satellites aren’t in position yet, and SpaceX hasn’t revealed an exact availability date.
After yesterday’s launch of 60 Starlink satellites, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that “[o]nce these satellites reach their target position, we will be able to roll out a fairly wide public beta in northern US & hopefully southern Canada. Other countries to follow as soon as we receive regulatory approval.”
Musk did not say when the satellites will reach their target position. SpaceX has over 700 satellites in orbit after yesterday’s launch.