The devices will be launched from SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 8:55pm EDT tonight. SpaceX needs to send at least 400 satellites into space before it can provide minimal internet signal, Mr Musk has said.
At least 800 such devices are needed to achieve moderate coverage.
The company has been given the green light by the FCC to send over 12,000 satellites into space.
This year’s target is to have over 1,000 satellites in space by the end of the year.
The aim is to deliver low-cost broadband internet coverage from low-Earth orbit.
On Saturday, two Nasa astronauts were launched aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 craft in a historic mission for the company.
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Tonight’s launch had been adjourned due to Saturday’s mission.
“SpaceX is scheduled to launch the eighth mission of the constellation of networked satellites known as Starlink,” Kennedy Space Center announced in a blog post.
“The goal of Starlink is to create a network that will help provide internet services to those who are not yet connected, and to provide reliable and affordable internet across the globe.”
SpaceX’s founder said that some of the recently produced satellites have “visors” that darken their brightness.
Elon Musk said SpaceX needs to send at least 400 satellites into space before it can provide minimal internet signal
“We have a radio-transparent foam that will deploy nearly upon the satellite being released, and it blocks the sun from reaching the antennas,” Mr Musk said in April.
The company’s founder said the powerful reflection observed in the current constellation of satellites is due to the position the solar panels adopt when the devices get to orbit altitude.
He added that the company is also accommodating the angle of the solar panels on the satellites that are already in orbit.
Last month Starling launch was also delayed due to a tropical depression forming off the Southeast Coast.
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Starlink satellites of Elon Musk’s SpaceX private spaceflight company seen in the night sky
Mr Musk then announced that the firm would wait until after the Crew Dragon Demo-2 launch, which took place last Saturday.
“Standing down from the Starlink mission, due to tropical storm Arthur, until after launch of Crew Demo-2,” SpaceX tweeted on May 18.
The mission saw Nasa astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley arrive to the International Space Station 19 hours later.
Last Saturday was the first time a crew was launched from he US into orbit since Nasa’s space shuttle program ended in 2011.
The satellites also interfere with ground-based radio telescopes
While the project could be a step in the right direction towards providing high-speed internet to every location in the World, critics have voiced their concerns over the devices decreasing chances to observe the night sky.
The satellites can also interfere with ground-based radio telescopes used to see objects that are further away from Earth.
“The night sky is a commons – and what we have here is a tragedy of the commons,” Imperial College London astrophysicist Dave Clements previously told the BBC.
“They present a foreground between what we’re observing from the Earth and the rest of the universe. So they get in the way of everything,” he said.
Travis Longcore, a professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, said: “Starlink is a crime against humanity; it robs us of the skies of our ancestors to every corner of the Earth.”