Elon Musk says the SpaceX spacecraft will spit out Starlink satellites like a PEZ dispenser

With a pocket dispenser available in a range of fun characters, Pez is one of the most popular candies around the world.

Now it appears that Elon Musk took inspiration from Pez for his Starship rocket.

the SpaceX Founder and CEO shared a new animation showing how the ultra-heavy $ 216 million rocket could spit Starlink satellites into space, just like sweets in a Pez dispenser.

Musk shared an animation of Starship in action Twitter this week, and he even joked that SpaceX “should make a real model spaceship dispensing pez for our merchandise shop.”

Elon Musk shared a new animation showing how the ultra-heavy $ 216 million rocket could spit Starlink satellites into space, just like sweets in a Pez dispenser.

Elon Musk shared a new animation showing how the ultra-heavy $ 216 million rocket could spit Starlink satellites into space, just like sweets in a Pez dispenser.

With a pocket dispenser available in a range of fun characters, Pez is one of the most popular candies around the world

With a pocket dispenser available in a range of fun characters, Pez is one of the most popular candies around the world

Why can’t Starlink 2.0 be launched on a Falcon 9?

While the Starlink satellites are currently deployed by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, Musk recently explained how the next generation of satellites, called the Starlink V2.0, will rely on Starship for deployment.

“It’s the only thing that can carry the Starlink Two satellites,” he said in a recent episode of Everyday Astronaut.

“We have already produced the first and have the first Starlink Two on site and it is seven meters (23 feet) long.

‘[The] Falcon [9] it has neither the volume nor the mass-orbit capacity required for Starlink Two.

“So even if we reduce Starlink Two, Falcon’s total mass isn’t enough to make Starlink Two.”

Starlink V2.0 is about four times the mass of current Starlink satellites, weighing 2,760 pounds each.

Starship is SpaceX’s reusable, bullet-shaped stainless steel rocket, designed to carry both crew and cargo to the Moon and even Mars in the future.

“The spacecraft will be the most powerful launch vehicle in the world ever developed, with the capacity to carry over 100 metric tons on Earth’s orbit,” SpaceX explained.

Now, a new animation unveiled at SpaceX’s All-Hands Meeting on June 5 before being shared on Twitter by Musk suggests that SpaceX is planning to use Starship to deploy its next-generation Starlink satellites.

The animation shows the spaceship in orbit above Earth, with the Starlink satellites stacked inside, just like the sweets in a Pez dispenser.

The satellites are ejected through a narrow slot on the side of the rocket, while still in their folded, flat configuration.

Starlink is a constellation of more than 2,000 satellites in low earth orbit, which transmit Internet connections to antennas around the world.

While the satellites are currently deployed by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, Musk recently explained how the next generation of satellites, called the Starlink V2.0, will rely on Starship for deployment.

“It’s the only thing that can carry the Starlink Two satellites,” he said in a recent episode of Everyday Astronaut.

“We have already produced the first and have the first Starlink Two on site and it is seven meters (23 feet) long.

‘[The] Falcon [9] it has neither the volume nor the mass-orbit capacity required for Starlink Two.

“So even if we reduce Starlink Two, Falcon’s total mass isn’t enough to make Starlink Two.”

The animation shows the spaceship in orbit above the Earth, with the Starlink satellites stacked inside, just like the sweets in a Pez dispenser

The animation shows the spaceship in orbit above the Earth, with the Starlink satellites stacked inside, just like the sweets in a Pez dispenser

SpaceX originally planned to launch Starship into orbit in January 2022, but was forced to delay following an environmental assessment of the Boca Chica launch site by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Musk later said a May launch could be expected, although that window has already passed

Starship already has its first customer

While Starship has yet to reach orbit, SpaceX already has paying customers for missions to the moon on the rocket.

“In 2023, Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa and the dearMoon crew will become the first civilian passengers on a Starship moon mission, flying over the moon during their week-long voyage,” SpaceX explained.

“This flight is an important step in allowing access for people who dream of space travel.”

Starlink V2.0 is about four times the mass of current Starlink satellites, weighing 2,760 pounds each.

However, before Starship can begin launching these next-generation satellites, it will need to complete its first orbital flight.

SpaceX originally planned to launch the Starship into orbit in January 2022, but was forced to delay, following an environmental assessment of the Boca Chica launch site by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Moss subsequently claimed that a May launch could be planned, even though that window has now passed.

To date, the Starship series of rockets has seen nine test flights, some leading to successful short-range jumps, while others have resulted in explosions or crash landings.

The most recent experimental launch involved the Starship SN15 prototype and took place on May 5, 2021.

The aircraft completed a 33,000-foot high-altitude flight test in low clouds, complete with successful ascent, engine shutdown, roll-over maneuvers, flap control, and soft landing.

SpaceX originally planned to launch Starhip into orbit in January 2022, but was forced to delay following an environmental assessment of the Boca Chica launch site by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

SpaceX originally planned to launch Starhip into orbit in January 2022, but was forced to delay following an environmental assessment of the Boca Chica launch site by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

While Starship has yet to reach orbit, SpaceX already has paying customers for missions to the moon aboard the rocket.

“In 2023, Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa and the dearMoon crew will become the first civilian passengers on a Starship moon mission, flying over the moon during their week-long voyage,” SpaceX explained.

“This flight is an important step in allowing access for people who dream of space travel.”

NASA has expressed concern over SpaceX's ambitious proposal to deploy 30,000 satellites as part of the second generation of its orbital Internet service. This image shows all the satellites that are currently orbiting the Earth

NASA has expressed concern about SpaceX’s ambitious proposal to deploy 30,000 satellites as part of the second generation of its orbital Internet service. This image shows all the satellites that are currently orbiting the Earth

SpaceX has faced criticism of its mega-constellation of satellites since its launch, mostly from astronomers concerned about the impact that constellations of low-orbiting luminous objects have on observations of the night sky.

NASA also raised concerns about SpaceX’s ambitious proposal to deploy 30,000 satellites as part of the second generation of its orbital Internet service.

SpaceX previously had clearance for around 12,000 satellites and has so far launched 2,000, but wants to increase the number to improve coverage.

NASA said an orbit filled with so many satellites could “impact science and human spaceflight missions,” warning it could lead to a “significant increase” in collisions.

ELON MUSK’S SPACEX BRINGS BROADBAND INTERNET TO THE WORLD WITH ITS CONSTELLATION OF STARLINK SATELLITES

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched more than 2,000 of its Internet space satellites “Starlink” into orbit and hopes to have 12,000 in the sky by 2026.

They form a constellation designed to provide low-cost broadband Internet service from low Earth orbit.

Although satellite internet has been around for a while, it has suffered from high latency and unreliable connections.

Starlink is different. SpaceX said its goal is to deliver cable-like high-speed Internet around the world.

Musk previously said the firm could offer three billion people who don’t currently have access to the internet a cheap way to get online.

It could also help finance a future city on Mars.

Helping humanity reach the red planet is one of Musk’s long-stated goals and was what inspired him to found SpaceX.

Musk’s rival Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, also plans to launch a constellation of satellites in low earth orbit to provide broadband access to remote areas, as part of his Kuiper Project.

However, astronomers have raised concerns about light pollution and other interference caused by these constellations of satellites.

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