US aerospace manufacturer SpaceX has launched 60 internet satellites from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. According to Space.com a Falcon-9 rocket lifted off carrying the Starlink satellites from the center on Cape Canaveral on Sunday.
SpaceX tweeted that the satellites will bring broadband internet to “locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable.”
SpaceX’s Starlink isn’t the only internet constellation in the works, Amazon and OneWeb are also planning their own internet beaming services. Rocket Lab CEO, Peter Beck, says the company is starting to feel the effects of congestion in outer space.
The sheer number of objects in space is quickly skyrocketing as more and more small satellites are launched. In turn, that ever-increasing amount of space traffic is making it difficult to find a clear launch path. That’s because outer space is largely an unregulated territory. The last major piece of global space legislation — the outer space treaty — was written five decades ago and does not address the growing commercial rocket industry.