Elon Musk's goal of delivering high-speed internet to the world just got a little closer to reality.
Teams have a two-hour window to launch the rocket, which will carry a 12,000-pound commercial communications satellite created to provide television, broadband and other communications to the Americas and Europe.
US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai last week proposed that the agency approve SpaceX application to provide broadband services using satellite technologies in the US and on a global basis.
"The analogy I use with my team is, 'guys imagine we had six million dollars on a pallet of cash, '" Musksaid at the ISS Research and Design conference in Washington DC back in July 2017.
The satellites will circle the planet in low-earth orbit, each one synchronized by SpaceX to emit radiofrequencies back to the surface.
Some of SpaceX's internal financial documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal previous year show the company has high expectations for this satellite network.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will reportedly speak about the launch sometime Thursday. This part experts were going to reuse in the future run, because the navigation mechanism and the mathematical analysis was carried out carefully. Chances are thin, because the seawater might harm the fairing without proper shielding, notesThe Verge.
The payload fairing is a nose cone which protects the rocket's payload from aerodynamic forces and heat, which detaches once the craft has left the atmosphere. The fairing is detached to lower the weight as the rocket nears space. The part costs about $6 million. "Would you try to recover that? Yes".
Later, he said the fairing parafoil deployed as planned, adding, "Now trying to catch it". This time, they recovered the nose cone of a rocket.
The Falcon 9's first stage separates from the second stage moments after about two minutes from liftoff. "Should be able catch it with slightly bigger chutes to slow down descent".
If the payload fairings could be recovered regularly, that means that the company could stand to recoup an additional 10% from every individual Falcon 9 launch.
The Falcon 9 rose above coastal clouds into the dawn sky Thursday and arced southward over the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles.
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