SpaceX Delays Next Falcon 9 Launch to February 21

Greg Lawrence
February 21, 2018

The goal of SpaceX is to deliver fast, reliable Internet access to virtually everyone.

Almost three years after the announcement, and following the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy, the first satellites for the high-speed Internet network are now ready for launch. In SpaceX's most recent Falcon Heavy test, for example, it's where the Tesla Roadster was stored. According to the company's Twitter account, a scheduled rocket launch is set for Wednesday at 6:17 a.m. "Due to mission requirements, now targeting February 21 launch of PAZ", the company posted a tweet explaining the reasons behind the delay of the next Falcon 9 launch. The project is now under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Launching things into space is cost-prohibitive, to say the least.

Stay tuned to Aerospace Journal for more on the crewed missions, as well as upcoming updates on SpaceX's next flight of the Falcon Heavy. A far cry from Iridium's 75 satellites.

"SpaceX's application - along with those of other satellite companies seeking licenses or access to the U.S. market for nongeostationary satellite orbit systems - involves one such innovation".

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According to the FCC, around 14 million Americans residing in rural regions of the country, together with approximately 1.2 million Americans on tribal lands, now do not have access to any broadband services.

According to reports, The company with the help of Elon Musk's vision wants to create a giant constellation of almost 12,000 satellites that will orbit above Earth, allowing internet connectivity to antenna receivers on the planet's surface.

The realization of Musk's StarLink Internet project would be a huge game changer. Even still, the current state of the rocket is already impressive. It aims to offer broadband speeds comparable to fiber optic networks and also bring 5G-like service to billions around the world. This would create a potential blanket connection across the electromagnetic spectrum.

"Satellite technology can help reach Americans who live in rural or hard-to-serve places where fibre-optic cables and cell towers do not reach".

The second stage Merlin 1D vacuum engine ignites for an approximately six-and-a-half minute burn to guide the Paz, Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b satellites into orbit.

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