SpaceX Launches Satellites Including Ones To Test Affordable Worldwide Internet Access

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SpaceX on February 22 launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Spanish-owned radar-imaging satellite and two demonstration satellites for SpaceX's proposed broadband Starlink broadband constellation.

This launch would be SpaceX's eighth from the West Coast, and its 55th overall. "I am proud of everyone involved that continues to pave the way for our nation's access to space".

"Don't tell anyone, but the Wi-Fi password is 'martians, '" SpaceX boss Elon Musk joked on Twitter. Clear view from the Mesa, Santa Barbara CA. The blastoff will take place at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.

SpaceX's launch today will also carry the first demonstration satellites for SpaceX's satellite internet.

The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket was originally set for last Saturday, but it was delayed until Sunday, then to Wednesday - with Wednesday's postponement attributed to weather.

A used Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on Thursday from Space Launch Complex 4E at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The primary payload of the rocket was not actually the two prototypes but another satellite called Paz.

SpaceX's most recent accomplishment is the first critical launch for the "World's Most Powerful Rocket", the Falcon Heavy.

For the internet satellites, Falcon 9's payload will be in the first-phase mission for broadband testing.

They will be located in low earth orbit at a height of 1110-1350 km (which is lower than traditional geostationary satellites), allowing a delay in the signal transmission will be only 25-35 milliseconds (most satellite providers, the figure is 600 milliseconds). However, it was the attempted retrieval of the rocket's payload fairings that was of particular interest during the launch. At one point Musk mused about using a "bouncy castle" to catch fairings - Mr. Stevens appears a little more realistic.

There is heightened interest in this launch because, for the first time, SpaceX will attempt to "catch" one of the two payload fairings that enclose the satellite at the top of the rocket.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed the approval of an application by SpaceX to provide broadband services using satellites in the United States and worldwide.

A pair of blandly named satellites could serve as proof of concept for an ambitious global broadband service envisioned by Elon Musk.

The FCC has approved the requests of other companies that aim to establish big satellite-internet constellations, including OneWeb, Space Norway and Telesat.

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