On May 23, SpaceX is expected to launch 60 Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit. It is claimed that these satellites will provide fast access to the internet to the internet.
SpaceX has announced plans to launch around 12,000 Starlink satellites by 2027.
However, there have already been problems. The launch of these first satellites has already been delayed twice.
Meanwhile, Bitcoin block blocks (BTC) are already in space. The Blockstream Satellite, for example, is a series of geosynchronous satellites that provide the full Bitcoin blocks for users without access to the internet.
Satellite Internet by SpaceX
Starlink is not just one satellite but a series of satellites. With each other, it will form a mesh network that will theoretically be able to provide access to the internet for people all over the world.
The company must meet deadlines set by the Federal Communications Commission:
- First, 2200 satellites must be launched by April 2024 in a low Earth orbit.
- Secondly, 3750 very low ground satellites must be launched by April 2024.
- A further 3750 must be launched by November 2027.
Elon Musk, Founder and CEO of SpaceX, has said that 60 Starlink satellites will be launched in space. Apparently, there will be at least one monthly launch for the next two years.
Bitcoin Beyond Internet
Accessing the Bitcoin blocks on the internet via Starlink satellite may seem a bit boring. Fortunately, Blockstream Satelite has already launched satellites in space allowing users to download the full Bitcoin blocks without the internet.
One limitation, however, is that Blockstream is a company and its proprietary software and services must be used to access the blockchain Bitcoin. Although this may be a barrier, the Blockstream satellite network is already live.
Now targeted May 23 for the launch of Starlink of 40 Pad in Florida
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) 20 May, 2019
On the other hand, SpaceX has already delayed the launch of Starlink twice. In addition, if delays continue over the next few years, SpaceX can suffer repercussions from the County Council.
However, if launched successfully, the Starlink satellites could do much more than just provide access to a full Bitcoin network. It could provide full access to the internet to those without it right now. This could greatly improve the lives of many people around the world – but only to the extent that the satellites are launched in space.
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