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Musk's SpaceX raised over US$1b in six months
[BENGALURU] Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX has raised more than US$1 billion in financing in the last six months as it aims to roll out an ambitious high-speed internet service by using a constellation of satellites to beam signals from space.
The company raised US$486.2 million in an equity offering, starting December, and another US$535.7 million in an offering that began in April, its regulatory filings on Friday showed.
The rocket company on Thursday launched the first batch of 60 small satellites into low-Earth orbit for Mr Musk's new Starlink internet service.
Mr Musk sees the Starlink venture as an important new revenue stream for his California-based company, whose launch service income he expects to top out at around US$3 billion a year.
At least 12 launches carrying similar payloads are needed to achieve constant internet coverage of most of the world, Mr Musk said. For now, Starlink is only authorised for US operations.