The California-based aerospace manufacturing company SpaceX is planning to send a satellite to space that will provide low-cost internet to people globally. A per the latest reports, SpaceX may launch its first satellite for global internet constellation on February 17. SpaceX has named the project as Starlink which aims at providing low-cost internet access on a global scale.
On February 17, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will carry a 3000-pound Spanish radar observation satellite called Paz to the orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. But reports suggest that along with the primary Paz payload, two secondary payloads namely Microsat 2a and Microsat 2b each weighing 400 kgs will also fly to space board Falcon 9 rocket. Although SpaceX has not revealed anything regarding its Starlink project, its business plans include sending thousands of communication satellites into orbit with limited service beginning by 2020.
On Sunday, “SpaceX tweeted, Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete — targeting February 17 launch of Paz from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.” As reported by Nasaspaceflight.com, Spain’s Paz satellite is named after the Spanish word for “peace” and the satellite is built by Airbus for the Spanish company hisdeSAT. After the liftoff, the Falcon 9 will boost the satellite into a 514 km circular orbit and once the satellite gets successfully deployed in orbit, it will be used for used for military and civilian purposes. The other two Starlink demo satellites will also follow the same orbit and through them, SpaceX wants to provide high-speed internet services glo0bally at a cheaper rate.
Starlink is the brainchild of Elon Musk whose aim is to create a “Global Broadband” and deliver high-speed internet connectivity across the world and that to be at affordable rates, with the help of a constellation of thousands of satellites in orbit. Recently, SpaceX created history by successfully launching its Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful rocket of the world, to space.