Marcha 23, 2018

SpaceX launch from Vandenberg goes off without a hitch

23 Febrero 2018, 03:12 | Benedicto Grullon

SpaceX launch LIVE stream: Watch Elon Musk's Starlink Falcon 9 launch online HERE

GovSat-1 Mission | SpaceX

The last time SpaceX launched a satellite-carrying rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, it caused quite a stir.

PAZ, which is Spanish for "peace", will carry a radar-imaging payload to collect views of Earth to "address civilian needs with multiple applications", according to the company's website.

The company launched two experimental satellites today (Feb. 22) created to help lay the foundation for Starlink, a network that, if all goes according to plan, will consist of thousands of spacecraft providing broadband internet service to people around the world. To get breaking news alerts, download the free News 2 App for iPhone or Android.

Hawthorne-based SpaceX hopes to successfully recover the fairing for the first time on this trip.

"If successful, Starlink constellation will serve least served".

SpaceX enjoyed great success when the company successfully launched its most anticipated and most powerful operational rocket up to now - the Falcon Heavy.

GovSat-1 Mission | SpaceX
SpaceX to launch internet satellites: Elon Musk's mission to connect humanity begins

Although Musk and the rest of SpaceX have refrained from discussing the Starlink project, regular communications with the FCC have given us a window into the process. OneWeb's first batch of 10 satellites will be ready for launch in May. The boosters - which account for about 60% of the cost of a rocket - are guided home so they can be reused on future missions, which brings down the cost of a single launch. Alongside, it will also authenticate the design plan of a broadband antenna communication satellite. According to Musk, the name, Starlink, was inspired by John Green's novel, A Fault in Our Stars. Also, the first-stage booster which was used to launch Taiwan's Formosat-5 satellite in August 2017 is ready. The project with the help of satellites in place of traditional infrastructure will provide high-speed wideband internet access around the world.

The PAZ mission follows SpaceX's historic Falcon Heavy launch earlier this month.

Mr. Steven, as the ship is called, will follow the descending fairings and attempt to catch them in the net, for their eventual return to land.

Musk tweeted that the satellites were named Tintin A and B and were communicating with Earth stations.

The fairing, which enshrouds the satellite on the way to orbit, cost $6 million - money SpaceX would like to save if possible.

SpaceX then aimed at launching the Falcon 9 on February 18, but announced it was "taking time to perform final checkouts of upgraded fairing". PAZ satellite is developed by Hisdesat, a Spanish company along with the Spanish Government and will be used to obtain data along with photos with the resolution of 25 cm per pixel.

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