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Elon Musk successfully tweeted using Starlink satellite for first time – Business Insider

Elon Musk successfully tweeted using Starlink satellite for first time – Business Insider
  • Elon Musk tweeted using a Starlink satellite from his company SpaceX for the first time.
  • After successfully publishing the tweet, he commented: “Whoa, it worked!!”
  • According to SpaceX, the Starlink satellite network will eventually provide fast and cheap Internet access across the globe.
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Elon Musk sent a tweet via his personal account on Tuesday, October 22.

This isn't exactly groundbreaking news but there was something special about this tweet: the SpaceX CEO managed to send it via a Starlink satellite.

“I'm sending this tweet through space via a Starlink satellite,” he tweeted, adding: “Whoa, it worked!!”

Several users replied, with one jokingly asking for Starlink's password.

According to SpaceX, the Starlink satellite network will eventually provide fast and cheap internet access across the globe — even in those areas currently most underserved.

Initially, the company had planned to launch a total of 12,000 satellites into the mega-constellation, but recently the company filed for permission to deploy an additional 30,000 satellites.

Read more: SpaceX may want to launch 42,000 internet satellites — about 5 times more spacecraft than humanity has ever flown

Last May, SpaceX successfully launched its first fleet of 60 micro-satellites into orbit, but a few days after the launch, some scientists expressed concern.

Astronomer Alex Parker highlighted on Twitter that there was a risk the light pollution could block our view of the stars.

There's also concern about Kessler syndrome, where a vicious circle of mounting space debris and increased likelihood of satellite collisions could one day stop humans accessing space for hundreds of years.