What did Elon Musk Tweet?
Deck from SpaceX all-hands update talk I gave last week pic.twitter.com/ApsdPjjukh— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 5, 2022
The founder and CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk recently shared a slideshow from his recent all-hands meeting. Elon Musk addressed the meeting, revealing SpaceX’s current priorities, SpaceX’s second generation Starlink Satellite, official members of some of the future projects, and a few sources of pride. According to the shared slideshow, Musk mentioned that SpaceX’s Starlink constellation reached a count of nearly 500,000 customers in about 32 countries in a span of two and a half years after its launch began. Musk also mentioned that there are about 2400 satellites in the constellation and 1800 satellites among them are currently operational.
Will SpaceX own half satellites in the next few months?
According to the report by Elon Musk, it is estimated that SpaceX will own and operate about half of the satellites present in the constellation. Along with this, SpaceX gave a recent announcement regarding its first airline connectivity partnerships. On the other hand, SpaceX also promised to deliver about 15000 Starlink dishes to Ukraine during the war. Few recent reports say that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has undergone a historic change in the past few months.
SpaceX CEO teases second generation Starlink Satellite Design
Elon Musk has been revealing huge launch cadence targets from the beginning of this year. After a very long gap, for the first time, SpaceX is matching or exceeding this target mentioned by Elon. A few reports also say that SpaceX has successfully launched about 22 satellites only in the span of five months in the year 2022. In addition to this, the next two months saw the launch of more than 8 satellites which were all successful. On the other hand, SpaceX has also scheduled more than 5 satellite launches in the month of June, to reach Elon Musk’s goal of launching 50 or 60 satellites in the year 2022.
What is SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft?
The performance of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has improved a lot in the span of a few months. On the other hand, the Cargo Dragon is all set to make its 26th space station cargo delivery. However, Crew Dragon on the opposite side remains the only way in the United States that can be used to launch NASA astronauts to the Space Station. The Crew Dragon is built with about tens of billions of dollars to attain the mission.
Will Musk send humans to Mars?
Elon Musk also said that SpaceX has a plan to build about 1000 Starships that can be used to transport humans to Mars. Tesla’s CEO, Elon, believes that making life multi-planetary will help further in supporting Earth’s ecosystem. Elon also added that transporting other creatures to Mars will be of no use. So, transporting humans to Mars can be the only way of moving life to Mars.
What is a Second Generation Starlink satellite?
SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft promises to provide faster satellite deployment. The proposed Starship design is expected to carry up to 400 satellites per launch. This amount is way more when compared to the 60 satellites that a normal SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket can carry. In addition to that, the proposed spacecraft is also expected to release the second-generation Starlink satellites into orbit. On the other hand, the Falcon 9 rockets are expected to deliver the Starlink satellites into orbit in one large batch.
As part of its first-generation Starlink network, SpaceX has already launched more than half of the satellites successfully. This launch provides high-speed broadband to more than 400,000 subscribers. However, the company is preparing a second-generation Starlink network to serve millions of users. This network is mainly designed for nearly 30,000 satellites which is a huge increase over the already existing 2,000 satellites that are currently present in the orbit.
However, the company needs to obtain regulatory approval from the FCC. The FCC needs to give proper permission before SpaceX can launch the second-generation Starlink network. However, SpaceX’s launch is facing a lot of opposition from rival companies outside the industry. All the other companies still fear that the massive satellite network will drive out competitors. Elon Musk also described his Starship models as “modern-day Noah’s Arks”, resembling a Biblical patriarch, Noah, who built an ark that survived the Great Flood on Earth. He thinks SpaceX’s Starship models are capable of saving “lives from disaster on Earth”.
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