It's Not The Apocalypse, It's Another SpaceX Rocket Launch

Mindy Sparks
February 18, 2018

Last year, Vice President of SpaceX on satellite matters the Congress said that the company plans to launch the first two demo satellite in late 2017 and early this year, and if all goes well, the first operational satellite will be launched in 2019. "In the coming years, the company hopes to launch 4,425 interlinked broadband-internet satellites into orbit some 700 to 800 miles above Earth, plus another 7,500 spacecraft into lower orbits".

Announced back in 2015, Starlink is created to be a massive, space-based telecommunications network consisting of thousands of interlinked satellites and several geographically dispersed ground stations.

"These will provide low-latency and affordable broadband to the underserved and unserved populations throughout the United States and overseas", said Patricia Cooper, who heads government affairs for SpaceX's satellite division. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman, Ajit Pai, said the network would solve one of the biggest headaches in technology today: poor internet connectivity in rural areas.

Mr Musk's company began work on its own satellite plans in 2014 but has played down the urgency of the project as it has focused on its more immediate goals of improving the performance of its main Falcon 9 rocket and getting the long-delayed Falcon Heavy off the ground. "They would be moving around the Earth and giving a lot more coverage".

The spate of satellite competitors points to an expected explosion in the amount of data that will soon be flowing over the world's communications networks.

Test stations will be located in Hawthorne; Fremont; McGregor and Brownsville, Texas; and in Redmond, Wash., where SpaceX has established an office dedicated to satellite development.

Two prototypes, named Microsat 2a and 2b, are now packed and ready for launch atop a Falcon-9 v1.2 rocket.

SpaceX wants to get into the business of beaming internet now to Earth from space, and it has a plan to do it.

The two satellites, known as Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, are set to launch as the so-called secondary payload on Saturday's Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, according to a letter dated February 1 to the FCC from a SpaceX executive. And he noted that the FCC has already approved three other satellite-internet projects now development by OneWeb, Space Norway, and Telesat.

"Satellite technology can help reach Americans who live in rural or hard-to-serve places where fiber optic cables and cell towers do not reach", said Pai in a statement Wednesday.

Test communications satellites are equipped with antennas with phased array. This will hold the Internet in the regions, where previously, network access was not available.

Satellite internet is now used by organizations or firms which need access in remote locations.

How much will a Starlink subscription cost?

SpaceX hasn't priced out a subscription to its internet service yet.

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