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Elon Musk claims SpaceX’s Starship will spit out Starlink satellites like a PEZ dispenser

With a pocket-sized dispenser that comes in a range of fun characters, Pez is one of the most popular candies in the world.

Now it seems that Elon Musk took inspiration from Pez for his Starship rocket.

The SpaceX founder and CEO has shared a new animation showing how the $216 million ultra-super-heavy rocket could spew Starlink satellites into space, much like the candies in a Pez dispenser.

Musk shared an animation of Starship in action Twitter this week, even joking that SpaceX should “make a real Starship model that hands out pez for our merch store.”

Elon Musk has shared a new animation showing how the $216 million ultra-super-heavy rocket could spew Starlink satellites into space, much like the candies in a Pez dispenser.

Elon Musk has shared a new animation showing how the $216 million ultra-super-heavy rocket could spew Starlink satellites into space, much like the candies in a Pez dispenser.

With a pocket-sized dispenser that comes in a range of fun characters, Pez is one of the most popular candies in the world

With a pocket-sized dispenser that comes in a range of fun characters, Pez is one of the most popular candies in the world

Why can’t Starlink 2.0 start on a Falcon 9?

While Starlink satellites are currently deployed from SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, Musk recently explained how the next generation of satellites, called Starlink V2.0, will rely on Starship for deployment.

“It’s the only thing the Starlink Two satellites can carry,” he said on a recent episode of Everyday Astronaut.

“We’ve already produced the first, and we’ve got the first Starlink Two on site and it’s seven meters long (23 ft).

†[The] falcon [9] has neither the volume nor the mass-to-orbit capability required by Starlink Two.

“So even if we shrink the Starlink Two, the overall height of Falcon isn’t nearly enough to do Starlink Two.”

Starlink V2.0 is approximately four times the mass of current Starlink satellites, weighing 2760 pounds each.

Starship is SpaceX’s bullet-shaped stainless steel reusable rocket designed to carry crew and cargo to the Moon and even Mars in the future.

“Starship will be the world’s most powerful launch vehicle ever developed, with the ability to carry more than 100 metric tons to orbit,” explains SpaceX.

Now, a new animation presented at SpaceX’s June 5 All-Hands Meeting, before being shared by Musk on Twitter, suggests that SpaceX plans to use Starship to deploy its next-generation Starlink satellites.

The animation shows Starship orbiting above Earth, with Starlink satellites stacked in it, much like the candies in a Pez dispenser.

The satellites are spewed out through a narrow slit in the side of the rocket while still in their folded flat configuration.

Starlink is a constellation of more than 2,000 satellites in low Earth orbit, sending internet connections to dishes around the world.

While the satellites are currently deployed from SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, Musk recently explained how the next generation of satellites, called Starlink V2.0, will rely on Starship for deployment.

“It’s the only thing the Starlink Two satellites can carry,” he said on a recent episode of Everyday Astronaut.

“We’ve already produced the first, and we’ve got the first Starlink Two on site and it’s seven meters long (23 ft).

†[The] falcon [9] has neither the volume nor the mass-to-orbit capability required by Starlink Two.

“So even if we shrink the Starlink Two, the overall height of Falcon isn’t nearly enough to do Starlink Two.”

The animation shows Starship in orbit above Earth, with Starlink satellites stacked in it, much like the candies in a Pez dispenser

The animation shows Starship in orbit above Earth, with Starlink satellites stacked in it, much like the candies in a Pez dispenser

SpaceX originally planned to launch Starship into orbit in January 2022, but had to postpone it after an environmental assessment of the Boca Chica launch site by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  Musk went on to claim that a May launch could be at stake, though this window has already passed

SpaceX originally planned to launch Starship into orbit in January 2022, but had to postpone it after an environmental assessment of the Boca Chica launch site by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Musk went on to claim that a May launch could be at stake, though this window has already passed

Starship already has its first customer

While Starship has yet to reach orbit, SpaceX already has paying customers for missions to the moon on the rocket.

“In 2023, Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa and the crew of DearMoon will become the first civilian passengers on a lunar Starship mission, flying past the moon during their week-long journey,” explains SpaceX.

“This flight is an important step towards access for people who dream of traveling to space.”

Starlink V2.0 is approximately four times the mass of current Starlink satellites, weighing 2760 pounds each.

Before Starship can begin launching these next-generation satellites, however, it must complete its first orbital flight.

SpaceX originally planned to launch Starship into orbit in January 2022, but had to postpone it after an environmental assessment of the Boca Chica launch site by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Musk went on to claim that a May launch could be at stake, though this window has now passed.

To date, the Starship series of rockets have seen nine test flights – some resulting in successful short-range hoardings, while others resulted in explosions or emergency landings.

The most recent experimental launch involved the Starship SN15 prototype and took place on May 5, 2021.

The craft completed a high-altitude flight test of 33,000 feet in low-lying clouds, complete with a successful ascent, engine shutdowns, flip manoeuvre, flap control and soft landing.

SpaceX originally planned to launch Starhip into orbit in January 2022, but had to postpone it after an environmental assessment of the Boca Chica launch site by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

SpaceX originally planned to launch Starhip into orbit in January 2022, but had to postpone it after an environmental assessment of the Boca Chica launch site by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

While Starship has yet to reach orbit, SpaceX already has paying customers for missions to the moon aboard the rocket.

“In 2023, Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa and the crew of DearMoon will become the first civilian passengers on a lunar Starship mission, flying past the moon during their week-long journey,” explains SpaceX.

“This flight is an important step towards access for people who dream of traveling to space.”

NASA was concerned about SpaceX's ambitious proposal to deploy 30,000 satellites as part of the second generation of its orbital internet service.  This image shows all the satellites currently orbiting the Earth

NASA was concerned about SpaceX’s ambitious proposal to deploy 30,000 satellites as part of the second generation of its orbital internet service. This image shows all the satellites currently orbiting the Earth

SpaceX has come under criticism for its mega-constellation of satellites since it first launched, mainly from astronomers concerned about the impact the constellations of bright objects in low orbit are having on observations of the night sky.

NASA has also expressed concern about SpaceX’s ambitious proposal to deploy 30,000 satellites as part of the second generation of its orbital internet service.

SpaceX previously had clearance for about 12,000 satellites and has launched 2,000 so far, but wants to increase the number to improve coverage,

NASA said Earth orbit with so many satellites “could affect science and manned spaceflight,” warning it could lead to a “significant increase” in collisions.

ELON MUSK’S SPACEX IS SET UP TO EXPAND BROADBAND INTERNET ON THE WORLD WITH ITS STARLINK CONSTELLATION OF SATELLITES

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched more than 2,000 of its “Starlink” space Internet satellites into orbit and hopes to have 12,000 in the air by 2026.

They form a constellation designed to provide low-cost broadband Internet service from low Earth orbit.

Although satellite internet has been around for a while, it has suffered from high latency and unreliable connections.

Star Link is different. SpaceX said its goal is to provide fast, cable-like internet around the world.

Musk has previously said the company could provide three billion people who currently do not have access to the internet a cheap way to get online.

It could also help fund a future city on Mars.

Helping humanity reach the red planet is one of Musk’s long-held goals and was what inspired him to start SpaceX.

Musk’s rival Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, also plans to launch a constellation of satellites into low Earth orbit to provide broadband access to remote areas, as part of his Project Kuiper.

However, astronomers have expressed concern about the light pollution and other interference caused by these satellite constellations.

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