Next on SpaceX's checklist is to actually use the satellites to access the internet and test how well the network works. The company said on Friday that it will test "latency and capacity by streaming videos and playing some high bandwidth video tapes."
SpaceX hopes its satellite internet project, called Starlink, will one day grow to include thousands of satellites and offer coverage all over the world.
Many questions about the project remain unanswered: namely, whether SpaceX can spend billions to develop the Starlink constellation and still offer attractive prices to consumers and whether Starlink's broadband will actually be as fast and reliable as other internet services. Right now, the internet is mainly delivered via wireless cell towers or cables routed to your home or office.
Of the 60 satellites launched in May, only three failed and could not communicate with the ground, a SpaceX spokesman said Friday . These units will be left to float around without a hitch until the Earth's gravity can slowly pull them out of orbit, which can take as long as five years.