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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk teases next-gen Starlink satellites

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Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, has shared a slideshow from a recent all-hands meeting, revealing the company’s current priorities, sources of pride, and the first official renders of a few future projects.

According to Musk’s slide deck, SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet constellation has nearly 500,000 customers in 32 countries, two and a half years after operational satellite launches began. According to Teslarati, the constellation has nearly 2,400 working satellites in orbit, with nearly 1800 of them operational.

Within the next few months, SpaceX will most likely own and operate half of all active satellites. According to the report, SpaceX has also delivered over 15,000 Starlink dishes to war-torn Ukraine and announced its first airline connectivity partnerships in recent months.

According to the report, the last few months have been historic for SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 rocket.

For the first time, the company is matching or exceeding Musk’s publicly revealed launch cadence targets from earlier this year. According to the report, SpaceX completed 22 successful launches in the first five months of 2022.

SpaceX has completed 30 launches in the last seven months. SpaceX also has at least five launches scheduled for June, putting the company on track to launch more than once per week in the first half of the year, following Musk’s announcement of a goal of 52-60 launches in 2022.

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft is also performing well. Cargo Dragon is about to make its 26th space station cargo delivery, while Crew Dragon remains the United States’ only way to launch NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, which it helped build with tens of billions of dollars.

Musk said on Monday that his SpaceX company plans to build over 1,000 Starships to transport humans to Mars.

According to Tesla’s CEO, making life multiplanetary will help backup Earth’s ecosystems. He went on to say that, aside from humans, no other species is capable of transporting life to Mars.

Musk described his Starship models as “modern Noah’s Arks,” capable of saving “life from a calamity on Earth,” in reference to Biblical patriarch Noah, who built an Ark that survived the great flood on Earth.

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