News By/Courtesy: Rajnish Suman | 26 May 2019 0:44am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SpaceX’s Falcon 9 is all set to launch the first two broadband internet satellite into the orbit
  • This would SpaceX’s second big initiative after sending a Tesla into space
  • The first two, Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, are test systems

SpaceX Falcon 9 is all set to carry the first 60 satellites of the constellation satellite program which has a total of 12,000 satellites. These broadband internet satellites are being set into the orbit as planned according to the company’s intention to provide internet form the sky. SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is prepared to launch the Starlink satellites into orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rocket started the release of the satellites at the altitude of 450 kilometers. The satellites then had to separate and use their thrusters to set themselves in the low orbit of 550 kilometers. The final orbit of the satellites is lower than most of the territorial satellites but slightly higher than the International Space Station. According to the plan of the company, the other of the 11,923 other Starlink satellites in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO). The first two, Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, are test systems. These satellites will form a constellation of satellites, which will deliver broadband internet across the world. As per the company’s president Gwynne Shotwell, Elon’s intentions with this launch is to launch small communication satellites and help provide people with better connectivity and at reasonable pricing. 

Section Editor: Puja Jakhar | 26 May 2019 0:47am IST


Tags : #SpaceX #ElonMusk #Falcon9 #Falcon9Rocket #SpaceXLaunch

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