UPDATE: The launch took place May 23, 2019 10:30 EDT at Cape Canaveral.
UPDATE: The May 16 launch has been postponed. A new date has not been set according to Space Flight Now.
Today, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX will launch the first 60 of 12,000 satellites planned to blanket the Earth in 4G/5G/Wi-Fi.
Other companies have been approved or are applying to launch similar universal coverage projects, including Google, Amazon, and OneWeb (which launched its first batch this year).
Musk ignored experts who warned of a range of serious impacts from this deployment, including the health and environmental consequences, interference with electronics, medical devices, and aviation, etc.. The FCC approved these launches over these objections.
Then last month, the FCC approved a much lower Earth orbit for Musk’s satellites than previously approved, allowing even greater exposure to everyone from this pulsed microwave radiation.
There was no safety testing.
The satellites will launch at 22:30 Eastern Daylight Time on May 16, 2019 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The countdown webpage is here:
These satellites only last 5 years, needing frequent replacement at great cost to the atmosphere from the pollution and ozone depletion of the repeated rocket launches as well as the burning retired satellites containing toxic materials and chemicals.
For in-depth information on the impacts and hazards from Elon Musk’s SpaceX and the other companies:
For health, environment, and other impacts:
Stop 4G and 5G from space.