The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has successfully launched today from the Vandenberg’s military base in California. Falcon 9 placed two satellites in orbit through which SpaceX will test the future Internet satellite network through which the company wants to offer the Internet anywhere in the world. Moreover, Falcon 9 also launched the first Spanish radar satellite, PAZ.
SpaceX Falcon 9 mission
Its main mission was launching the Paz commercial satellite. The operation is commissioned by Spain, and the satellite will be used by the Spanish government and several companies in Spain.
As a side mission, next to Paz, SpaceX will send two prototype satellites in space.
Called Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, the two have the role of testing the system by which the Musk’s company will set up its future fleet of satellites to transmit Internet connection back to Earth.
SpaceX’s plan is to create a network of nearly 12,000 satellites to move continuously and synchronously around the planet to continually cover any place on Earth.
7,518 satellites will be orbiting at a distance of about 322 kilometers, while another 4,425 satellites will orbit the planet at 1,126 kilometers above the Earth’s atmosphere, operating on different radio frequencies.
For this project to happen, SpaceX has to figure out some aspects.
First, the US company will need access to a part of the radio spectrum to make connections through its satellites and, secondly, Elon Musk’s men have to configure the satellites so they can move around and synchronize around the Earth.
How to watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch
The event was streamed live this morning on the company’s official YouTube channel.
Watching a rocket launch is something very interesting and exciting, so, if you haven’t yet watched one, now is the moment.
If you missed the live launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 you can still watch it on the SpaceX YouTube channel or in the embedded video feed you can find at the beginning of this article.