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SpaceX explains how its internet satellites will survive in orbit


Earlier this week Elon Musk gave us a sneak peek at Space X's Starlink internet satellites before they're propelled into orbit.


We can already see that it's a bit of a squeeze for the 60 production satellites inside the Falcon 9 rocket faring, so we know they're pretty flat-pack.


Hall thrusters, for a start, powered by krypton, to adjust their position in orbit and maintain their intended altitude.


Each satellite is also equipped with a Startracker navigation system, which will allow SpaceX to point them with precision.


Also, in a big thumbs up for current safety standards, 95 percent of all components of this design will burn up in Earth's atmosphere at the end of each satellite's lifecycle -- SpaceX is aiming to make this 100 percent in the future.


The launch window is currently slated for 10.30pm ET / 7.30pm PT today, Wednesday May 15th, although there's a back-up window in place for tomorrow, in case any last minute tweaks need to be made (a delayed launch wouldn't be out of the ordinary for SpaceX).






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