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Everything you need to know about SpaceX's Starlink

Elon Musk
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk. Photo: David McNew/AFP/Getty Images

Elon Musk's SpaceX has big plans to beam high-speed internet to millions of people around the world.

The big picture: Called Starlink, the project is designed to use thousands of relatively low-cost satellites to provide broadband globally, even to remote areas without access to the internet today. But it will likely take dozens of launches to get the satellite constellation up and running, with many more over the years to keep them functioning — and even then it could contribute to a larger space junk problem.

How to watch the SpaceX launch

A March launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Next week, SpaceX plans to launch its first wave of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket with the goal of creating a network of thousands of satellites to deliver a global internet connection from space. You can watch a stream of the launch below.

Our thought bubble, from Axios space reporter Miriam Kramer: This launch is a big deal for SpaceX. It will mark a proof of concept for the company's satellite internet ambitions, and if it works, it could vault them ahead of other companies vying to build out "mega-constellations" to provide internet coverage from space, including OneWeb and Amazon.