Elon Musk launched a car into space. This was just a few weeks ago. Today, he plans to launch the SpaceX Falcon 9. This is after the team at SpaceX decided to postpone their initial launch which was supposed to take place this past Sunday 18 Feb 2018. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will carry the PAZ observation satellite for Spain as well as 2 satellites for Starlink, another venture company owned by Elon Musk.
SpaceX Falcon 9 launch
The purpose of this mission is to launch 3 satellites into space. These satellites will then orbit the earth and perform their purpose. The PAZ satellite is funded by Spanish Military and will serve as an Earth observation satellite. The purpose of this satellite is to collect images of the earth for both commercial and government use.
The PAZ observation satellite will be accompanied by an additional 2 payloads. Namely the Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b. These microsatellites are experimental broadband internet based and come courtesy of Starlink, a division of SpaceX. Starlink and SpaceX plan to bring fast broadband internet to the entire world.
If this mission is successful, then it will be the first step in achieving Musk’s long-term goal. Which is to have around 12000 satellites that will orbit the earth. These satellites will allow antenna receivers on earth to connect to the internet. With this kind of infrastructure, the company will be able to reach around 40 million subscribers by around the year 2025.
Today’s Falcon launch carries 2 SpaceX test satellites for global broadband. If successful, Starlink constellation will serve least served.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 21, 2018
This will bring in a considerable amount of revenue for Elon Musk’s company. We are looking at a figure around $30 Billion. But the project still needs to be greenlit by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
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