A Renamed BFR Could Be Key to SpaceX's Satellite Internet Dream

The new, mondo-sized rocket's reusable first stage will henceforth be known as the "Super Heavy" booster, and the rocketship that sits on top of it, which will carry cargo and passengers to the moon, Mars, and elsewhere, will be dubbed "Starship."

Fast-forward two more weeks, and we got our next clue about what could possibly become the most important mission that the Super Heavy-Starship pairing will be asked to do: Deploy dozens of small satellites into orbit in a single launch.

SpaceX's SSO-A mission, which was contracted in its entirety by Spaceflight Industries and then sold piecemeal to multiple customers seeking to send smallsats to orbit, launched (and landed) successfully on Monday, Dec. 3.

Prototypes of the Starlink broadband internet satellites that SpaceX proposes to put into orbit around Earth have a mass of 400 kilograms each.

Boosted by the Super Heavy, SpaceX's own Starship will have the ability to lift 150 tons to low earth orbit.

And that means that once Super Heavy and Starship are operational, SpaceX should be able to do the job in just 32 missions, or about 18 months' work at current launch rates.

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