Elon Musk Says It's 'So Far, So Good' for SpaceX's 1st 60 Starlink Satellites

Space.com | 5/25/2019 | Mike Wall
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SpaceX's internet-satellite megaconstellation appears to be off to a good start in low-Earth orbit.

The first 60 members of the company's Starlink network launched last night (May 23) atop a Falcon 9 rocket. The satellites deployed smoothly about an hour after liftoff, and they came online shortly thereafter, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter last night.

Musk - Update - Afternoon - May - Response

Musk gave us another update this afternoon (May 24), tweeting "So far, so good" in response to a follower's question about Starlink's status.

"Krypton thrusters operative, satellites initiating orbit raise every 90 mins," he added in another tweet a bit later. (The satellites deployed at an altitude of 273 miles, or 440 kilometers, and are making their own way to their operational altitude of 342 miles, or 550 km).

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Related: SpaceX's 1st Starlink Satellite Megaconstellation Launch in Photos!

A view of SpaceX's first 60 Starlink satellites in orbit, still in stacked configuration, with the Earth as a brilliant blue backdrop on May 23, 2019.

Skywatchers - Glimpses - Starlink - Train - Overhead

Some lucky skywatchers have even captured glimpses of the Starlink train passing overhead.

"VIDEO! Prepare to be mind-blown! The train of @SpaceX #Starlink satellites passing over Leiden, the Netherlands, some 25 minutes ago. Camera: WATEC 902H with Canon FD 1.8/50 mm lens. I was shouting when they entered FOV! @elonmusk," satellite tracker Marco Langbroek...
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