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The most anticipated new satellites in the world have been deployed over Canada

SpaceX's Starlink satellites have officially been deployed, with dozens launching into orbit today across the northern United States and southern Canada.

The 60 artificial satellites were launched in a rocket at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 7:29 a.m. EDT (which sounds like no easy feat, considering each unit is the approximate weight of two newborn elephants).

Once the satellites are in position, SpaceX will be able to "roll out a fairly wide public beta," according to founder Elon Musk.

The satellites aim to deliver high speed broadband internet to locations where access has previously been unreliable, unavailable or ridiculously expensive.

Although Starlink is targeting service in parts of the U.S. and Canada right now, SpaceX hopes to expand to near global coverage of the populated world by 2021.

And there's no need to worry about space junk; once one of the satellites is at the end of its life, it will utilize its on-board propulsion system to deorbit, eventually charging into Earth's atmosphere and heroically burning up in a fiery death.

The Starlink satellites were initially scheduled to launch on Sept. 17, but the event was repeatedly delayed due to poor weather conditions.

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