Here's How to Watch SpaceX Launch Its Starlink Satellites

Sixty sats take off from Cape Canaveral tonight in the first step to delivering high-speed Internet everywhere.

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Elon Musk wants the whole world to have ultra high-speed Internet, which is a noble crusade, but a logistical pickle. Pickles, however, haven't pigeonholed the billionaire in the past. If Musk wants something, he'll spend the money on the machines to make it happen.

[Update: The upper altitude winds delayed the Wednesday night launch. The next window will be tomorrow (Thursday) at 10:30pm ET.]

So what's his first step to filling the sky with satellites transmitting broadband Internet to every point on the globe? Testing those sats—as SpaceX successfully did last year—and then working his way up. Beginning tonight, SpaceX will launch the first 60 of 7,000 planned satellites that make up a network named Starlink into orbit.

The sats will be strapped to SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, which will take off from Cape Canaveral between 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and 12 a.m. Thursday. A backup launch window will open Thursday at 10:30 p.m. You can or in the video below approximately 15 minutes before the launch window opens.

Most communication satellites orbit the Earth from extreme distances, but Starlink's smaller satellites will sit in low-Earth orbit so they can bring faster Internet speeds with much less latency. about an hour after Falcon 9 launches and then use onboard propulsion to reach an operational altitude of 550km.

The satellites come with a Startracker navigation system so SpaceX can point them with precision, and can also track on-orbit debris and avoid collisions. After they've served their purpose in space, they'll (mostly) burn off in the Earth's atmosphere. Right now, 95 percent of all components of the sats will disintegrate, but SpaceX says future designs will get the whole job done.

"This mission will push the operational capabilities of the satellites to the limit," the company . "SpaceX expects to encounter issues along the way, but our learnings here are key to developing and affordable and reliable broadband service in the future."

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