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A remote Native American tribe is among the first users of Elon Musk’s Starlink space internet project after it connected to SpaceX’s constellation of satellites.

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The Hoh Tribe in Washington State said Starlink’s high-speed broadband enabled remote learning and telehealth appointments during the coronavirus pandemic for the first time. 

“We’re very remote. The last eight years I felt like we’ve been paddling up river with a spoon and almost getting nowhere with getting internet to the reservation,” said Melvinjohn Ashue, vice chairman of the Hoh Tribe.

“It seemed like out of nowhere, SpaceX came up and just catapulted us into the 21st century.”

There are currently around 800 Starlink satellites in low-Earth orbit, offering internet connectivity to northern areas of the US and Canada. SpaceX eventually plans to launch tens of thousands more satellites to provide “near global coverage of the populated world by 2021”.

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The next big batch of Starlink satellites will take to the skies tonight. The 60 new satellites will join SpaceX’s growing mega constellation to cover the world in a blanket high-speed internet.

Elon Musk’s space exploration company has already launched 650 satellites, 175 of which went up in August alone.

Musk had previously suggested that the company would launch Starlink satellites every two weeks throughout the year to hit 1,400 by the end of 2020, but the plan is progressing slower than that so far.

The SpaceX workhorse Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off from Pad 39A at the

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