Elon Musk reveals ‘Starlink’ satellites that will blanket Earth with internet coverage

FILE - In this March 2, 2019 file photo, Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, speaks during a news conference after the SpaceX Falcon 9 Demo-1 launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Tesla plans to cut its board of directors from 11 to seven in a move the car maker says will allow the board to act more nimbly and efficiently. Tesla says the four directors who will depart aren't leaving because of any disagreement with the company. Tesla disclosed the changes in regulatory filings Friday, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Elon Musk’s latest plan is to bring the internet to all areas of the planet (Getty)

Elon Musk has given the world it’s first look at SpaceX’s ‘Starlink’ project.

The project involves sending satellites into orbit that will beam down internet coverage from space to help under-served areas of the world gain access.

The entrepreneur showed off 60 ‘flat-packed’ satellites loaded on a Falcon 9 rocket, which could be sent into low orbit on Wednesday – but warned that its latest attempt could easily fail.

‘Much will likely go wrong on first mission,’ Mr Musk wrote on Twitter, adding that it would take six more similar launches to reach ‘minor’ broadband coverage and 12 for ‘moderate’ service.

The planned launch is part of SpaceX’s multibillion-dollar Starlink project, which has been approved by the US communications agency, to send almost 12,000 satellites into space.

60 satellites packed into a Falcon 9 rocket (@elonmusk)

60 satellites packed into a Falcon 9 rocket (@elonmusk)

A previous demonstration of prototypes called Tintin A and B was carried out in February 2018 with coverage good enough to play fast response video games, according to Mr Musk.

The latest satellites have a production design unlike the earlier models, though Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president and chief operating officer, reportedly told attendees at the recent Satellite 2019 conference that these will still be scaled down without intersatellite links and will not start launching satellites for actual service until later this year.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Gene Blevins/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock (10202732g) SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch, Florida, USA - 11 Apr 2019 SpaceX's second Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off Thursday with the Arabsat 6A communications satellite. The world's most powerful operational launcher lifted off from pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:35 p.m. EDT (2235 GMT), and its three first stage boosters landed less than 10 minutes later two back at Cape Canaveral and one on a drone ship at sea. April 11,2019.

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy blasting off earlier this year (Shutterstock)

Depending on how the launch goes, Ms Shotwell said SpaceX could send between two and six more batches of satellites this year for the Starlink broadband constellation.

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