SpaceX will double the number of Starlink satellites in orbit over the next year and a half, according to a new update from Elon Musk.
SpaceX CEO Musk took to Twitter to state that progress with the private space company’s Falcon 9 and Starlink launches is going well. Musk tweeted that he is “expecting over 4,200 Starlink satellites in operation within 18 months, which is ~2/3 of all active satellites of Earth.”
If Musk’s estimations are correct, not only will Starlink’s massive satellite constellation account for more than half of all operational satellites in orbit, the number of operational Starlink satellites will have doubled within the next 18 months.
That increased coverage will allow SpaceX to provide internet to more users throughout the globe, while also increasing the quality and speed of its internet service.