Published By : 23 Feb 2018 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
SpaceX, the U.S.-based private flight company, introduced its first two test satellites on Thursday, Feb 22, 2018, for its project named global broadband Internet in space. According to Xinhua news agency, a used Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a radar-imaging satellite, Spain's PAZ, and two test satellites by SpaceX, was blasted off from the Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base of California. Nearly two minutes after the lift-off, the first stage Falcon 9 separated from the second stage and the entire SpaceX control room broke into cheers and applause, as they watched the live telecast of the launch streaming online. The main objective of this launch is to deliver PAZ into orbit for Hisdesat, a Spain-based enterprise. The satellite was installed around 11 minutes after the launch.
As per the description of the mission, PAZ, fortified with an advanced radar instrument, will travel across the entire globe in 24 hours, serving both government and commercial requirements. Designed for a five and a half years mission life, PAZ will orbit the Earth fifteen times a day, offering an Internet coverage for more than 300,000 square km area with a velocity of 7 km per second, from an altitude of 514 km. However, PAZ wasn’t the lone rider on the recycled Falcon 9. Two extra broadband test satellites, Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, were also on board with PAZ, marking the first big step in the long-term plans of SpaceX to create satellite Internet over the forthcoming years.