It was "one of the most complex and intricate endeavors" SpaceX has ever undertaken.
- SpaceX launched 64 satellites, belonging to various public and private organizations, into low orbit on Monday.
- The company launched the satellites aboard its reusable Falcon 9 rocket.
- Some of the satellites deployed on the mission come from companies seeking to revolutionize the Internet of Things.
The companies launching satellites aboard the SpaceX rocket hope to revolutionize the Internet of Things.
- SpaceX is providing the rocket for the mission, while a Seattle-based company organized the payload.
- The mission will deploy satellites from various providers, including startups and government agencies.
- Most of these providers hope to be the first to build a new kind of network to support the Internet of Things.
The CEO once said a self-sustaining Mars colony won't work if it's wildly expensive for each person to make the voyage.
- Musk has said that he wants to keep the per-ticket cost of traveling to Mars roughly equivalent to the cost of a house in the U.S.
- SpaceX plans to send a cargo mission to Mars in 2022, followed by a manned mission in 2024.
- Musk said there's a 70% chance he'll travel to Mars. A recent survey suggests most Americans aren't quite as adventurous.
SpaceX plans to launch about 12,000 internet-providing satellites into orbit over the next six years.
- SpaceX plans to launch 1,600 satellites over the next few years, and to complete its full network over the next six.
- Blanketing the globe with wireless internet-providing satellites could have big implications for financial institutions and people in rural areas.
- Some are concerned about the proliferation of space debris in Earth's orbit.
Future or extraterrestrial civilizations could create megastructures the size of a solar system.
- Advanced civilizations are likely to create megastructures to harness the energy of the stars.
- These megastructures could be nested, creating "Matrioshka Brains" – the Universe's most powerful supercomputers.
- Matrioshka Brains could be used to simulate reality and remake the Universe.
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