SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket with 60 satellites from Cape Canaveral in Florida Thursday evening.
The satellites are intended to provide broadband internet access to underserved communities, to be deployed in a low Earth orbit an hour later, according to Space News.
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The launch is the first of many in SpaceX’s effort to a large global internet mega constellation with one terabit per second of user capacity, Space News reported.
The launch was delayed for a number of weeks due to scheduling issues with the International Space Station.
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SpaceX is planning to three to seven launches this year with the aim to eventually launch up to 12,000 satellites in the coming years, according to Space News.