Elon Musk & # 39; s SpaceX has launched the first sixty of its & # 39; Starlink & # 39; space internet satellites.
They are the first in a constellation of thousands of satellites, designed to offer cheap broadband internet services from a low orbit around the earth.
The constellation, colloquially known as Starlink, and under development at the SpaceX facilities in Redmond, Washington.
The goal is to beam super fast internet into your house from space.
Although satellite internet has been around for a while, it is suffering from high latency and unreliable connections.
Starlink is different. SpaceX says that placing a & # 39; constellation & # 39; from satellites in low orbit around the globe would provide fast, cable-like internet around the world.
The billionaire company wants to create the global system to generate more money.
Musk said earlier that the company could give three billion people who currently have no access to the Internet a cheap way to get online.
It can also help fund a future city on Mars.
Helping humanity to reach the red planet is one of Musk's long-established goals and was what inspired him to start SpaceX.
The company recently submitted plans to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch 4,425 satellites orbit above the Earth – three times as many currently in use.
& # 39; Once fully implemented, the SpaceX system passes almost all parts of the Earth's surface and can therefore in principle provide ubiquitous global service, & # 39; said the company.
& # 39; Every point on the Earth's surface will see a SpaceX satellite at all times. & # 39;
The network will provide internet access to the US and the rest of the world, it added.
It is expected to take more than five years and $ 9.8 billion (£ 7.1 billion) in investment, although satellite internet has proven to be an expensive market in the past and analysts expect the final bill to be higher.
Musk compared the project with & # 39; rebuilding the internet in space & # 39 ;, because it would reduce dependence on the existing network of submarine fiber optic cables that traverse the planet.
In the US, the FCC welcomed the scheme as a way to provide more people with internet connections.
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