Elon Musk’s SpaceX launches controversial Starlink satellites

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SpaceX has successfully launched the latest batch of its Starlink satellites.Sunday’s launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, brings the total number of Starlink satellites in low-Earth orbit to more than 800, forming a constellation large enough to beam high-speed internet down to Earth.SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the firm plans deliver tens of thousands of Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit over the next few years, creating a network capable of beaming broadband to more than 99 per cent of the inhabited world.“With performance that far surpasses that of traditional satellite internet, and a global network unbounded by ground infrastructure limitations, Starlink will deliver high-speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable,” the firm’s website states.The network is already live in areas of Canada and northern US, where a limited number of users have tested it.Watch moreEmergency responders in Washington State set up a free WiFi hotspot using the Starlink network for residents of Malden, which was mostly destroyed by wildfires in September.Earlier this month, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that a wider public beta would be possible following launches in October.“Once these satellites reach their target position, we …

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