On Thursday evening, the company will launch orbital objects of its own in a key step toward creating a space-based constellation that beams broadband to underserved areas across the globe.
Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 with a goal of colonising Mars. In a phone call with journalists, Musk sounded cautious but excited. “It’s possible that some of these satellites may not work,” said Musk.
“I do believe we will be successful, but it is far from a sure thing.” The first 60 operational satellites for SpaceX’s project, called
Starlink, are slated to launch aboard one of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets at around 10:30 pm local time…