SpaceX to launch first of its global internet satellites

Posted February 21, 2018

Coming to Wednesday's launch, SpaceX will use a previously flown first stage booster for its Falcon 9 rocket. The company even used reusable rocket technology on its superb launch of the Falcon Heavy Rocket.

Now that Elon Musk has successfully launched the Falcon Heavy, what's next for the billionaire entrepreneur?

It will give the company more time to check the rocket's refurbished nose cone. The starlink satellite aims to provide low-priced Internet access on a global scale. Even if the February 18 launch followed through, the mission was already delayed 24 hours for further checks.

It will be out at sea during SpaceX's next Falcon 9 mission to try and capture the rocket fairing. The latest delay, according to a tweet Saturday, is to allow additional time for final checkouts. Payload and vehicle remain healthy.

SpaceX's next mission is set for February 21 (that's tomorrow).

The firm will make its second attempt at recovering a payload fairing on Wednesday when it launches a Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a PAZ satellite, from California. The test mission was an incredible success. SpaceX proved that rockets could be like airplanes - no need to throw them out after a flight. The initial satellites in the network are expected to come online next year.

What's In The Falcon 9 Payload?

The rocket will carry PAZ, an Earth observation satellite for Spain, and multiple smaller secondary payloads. Quietly on board will be two experimental broadband satellites, Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, a big first step in SpaceX' s long-term plans to create satellite internet over the next decade.

SpaceX has failed to explicitly mention about these satellites, though, and they only came up to public knowledge via documents the company filed with the Federal Communications Commission. As always, if you have anything to share, feel free to sound them off in the comments section below! Thoughts about the forthcoming launch?