SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, has announced plans to launch a staggering 144 missions next year as part of its efforts to expand its Starlink satellite network. The goal of these launches is to support a satellite-based cell phone service, which is set to be launched in the coming year.
According to a company official quoted in a recent report, the current constellation of Starlink satellites needs to be refreshed to meet the demands of its 2 million users. In addition, SpaceX is looking into direct-to-cell communications with Starlink, which is expected to be a key feature added next year.
In the past year, SpaceX has launched a total of 88 rockets, including a test flight of its ambitious Starship rocket to Mars. The successful recovery and reuse of Falcon 9 boosters and payload fairings has played a crucial role in enabling these frequent launches.
Just recently, SpaceX launched 23 more Starlink internet satellites into orbit via a Falcon 9 rocket. This marks the company’s second mission in just 24 hours, following the launch of 21 satellites the previous day. The deployment of these additional satellites will further improve the coverage and speed of the Starlink internet service, which aims to provide affordable internet access to customers worldwide.
While Starlink has seen significant revenue growth, generating $1.4 billion last year, it fell short of its original projections by $11 billion. Nevertheless, the company remains optimistic about its expansion plans, particularly in the Indian internet market.
Overall, SpaceX’s ambitious launch schedule and ongoing efforts to enhance its satellite network demonstrate the company’s commitment to revolutionizing the telecommunications industry and bringing affordable internet access to even more people around the world.