SpaceX just launched a series of giant internet-beaming satellites into orbit - here's what happened

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SpaceX just launched a series of giant internet-beaming satellites into orbit - here's what happened

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  • SpaceX just launched a fifth batch of 10 internet satellites into space.
  • It's the latest in a massive push from SpaceX to send thousands of internet satellites into orbit around the world, blanketing the Earth in super-speedy internet coverage.
  • SpaceX just got the green light from the FCC for its massive plan on Thursday.

SpaceX just rocketed off another batch of internet-providing satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket, the company's latest push in an effort to cover the Earth with broadband internet.

It's an unprecedented move. The company eventually wants to launch 4,425 of these satellites into orbit, 700 to 800 miles above Earth, plus another 7,500 similar spacecraft in lower orbits.

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If the project is successful, people around the world would get internet that's about 40 times as fast as current satellite internet providers, even in very remote and rural areas. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just OK'd the company's plan on Thursday.

But even if the project continues to move forward without a hitch, not everyone will get supercharged internet. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has indicated that China probably won't get coverage, because he's worried that the country might "blow our satellites up" if they got upset.

Here's what the mission looked like as it blasted off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on a Falcon 9 rocket shortly after 7 am Pacific on Friday:

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