SpaceX to attempt satellite launch from California today
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Feb 22, 2018,
Feb 22, 2018, 16:38
- Hawthorne-based SpaceX will try for a fourth time Thursday to launch a trio of satellites aboard a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base. SpaceX has claimed that it will not recover the booster that will be used to lift off Falcon 9 as it will be rolling out next generation of rockets this summer. In March of 2017, SpaceX successfully recovered a fairing for the first time, which allowed them to recoup an estimated $6 million dollars from that launch. Intrinsic to this vision was the reduction of costs associated with individual launches, which has so far been focused on the development of reusable first-stage rockets.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 launch will be live on the official YouTube channel of the company.
Earlier this month, SpaceX captured the public's attention with the launch of its massive new rocket.
In addition to SpaceX, Musk co-founded the auto brand Tesla, which announced the biggest quarterly loss ever the day after SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy - perhaps this launching was a great marketing opportunity.
SpaceX has the blessing of the Federal Communications Commission to send up the test satellites.
With Starlink, Musk plans to blanket the entire planet in high-speed internet by launching almost 12,000 satellites into orbit, all of which will move in a synchronized pattern around Earth at all times. Suni Williams is the most experienced of the group, being a veteran of 2 Space Shuttle missions and 2 Soyuz launches, and has also been commander of the International Space Station during expedition 32. The primary mission for Wednesday's launch is the Paz Earth satellite, which was built by Airbus and will be operated by Spanish government satellite services operator Hisdesat.
SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk has launched its Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful rocket in the world. Many expect today's launch to include another attempt at returning at least half of the fairing to Earth, which might include using parachutes to slow the halves' fall, guiding them near a recovery boat called Mr. Steven, NASA Spaceflight reported.
The issue there, of course, is that bringing the satellites closer to the ground means each satellite can only cover a much smaller patch of territory than would otherwise be possible.