Update: SpaceX will push back the launch to tomorrow morning, due to weather concerns. The following message was shared on Twitter.
Standing down today due to strong upper level winds. Next launch opportunity is tomorrow at 9:28 a.m. EST, or 14:28 UTC.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 27, 2020
In early 2019, SpaceX received approval to launch 12,000 satellites into space to build a low earth orbit network of satellites, enabling the company to sell home Internet. Over the last year, SpaceX put 180 satellites into space to test its Internet service. Today, SpaceX will launch 60 more satellites into space for their new home Internet service, meaning SpaceX will soon have 240 home Internet service satellites in space. SpaceX had hoped to launch these satellites last week but it was delayed because of the weather.
This puts SpaceX one step closer to having an Internet service live in time for summer 2020.
How much will SpaceX Internet service cost? We still don’t know for sure, but earlier this year at SXSW SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said it would be “low cost.” Exactly how low is unknown, but reports are that SpaceX hopes to make its Internet service extremely competitive. SpaceX also plans to offer high speed Internet in North America sometime in early 2020.
SpaceX is not the only company working on a new home Internet service. Amazon and others are also working to launch satellites to offer high speed Internet. Soon you may have several new options for home Internet.
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