SpaceX announced that its eighth launch of the Starlink satellite was delayed because of Tropical Storm Arthur. SpaceX was scheduled to launch the Starlink satellite on May 17, local time, but the company postponed the launch until May 19 local time because of the weather.
Back in January 2015, Musk announced SpaceX’s satellite Internet service, a project named Starlink. SpaceX plans to launch about 12,000 communications satellites into orbit to provide broadband Internet services to users on Earth.
Of the nearly 1.2 satellites the company plans to launch, 4,425 are operating at an altitude of 700 miles (1,126 kilometers) and another 7,518 at an altitude of 200 miles (322 kilometers).
The ultimate goal of SpaceX’s Starlink project is to provide low-cost, high-speed broadband connectivity to customers worldwide, with the goal of serving customers who currently do not have access to reliable or high-quality networks because of their remote location.
On April 22, SpaceX successfully launched the seventh batch of Starlink Internet satellites at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
Through the launch, SpaceX successfully launched 60 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit, bringing the total number of satellites in orbit to 420. If two prototype satellites are included for launch in 2018, the total number of satellites in orbit is 422.