SpaceX readies two broadband satellites


Separately, CNET reported yesterday that SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch on Saturday will include "t$3 he first pair of demonstration satellites for the company's "Starlink" service".

"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", Pai said in a statement.

The satellites from SpaceX will then communicate with stations on the ground to supply affordable broadband across the world.

These first two, dubbed Microsat 2a and 2b, will be orbited on a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The primary payload is Spain's Paz radar observation satellite.

Over the past year, the FCC has approved requests by OneWeb, Space Norway, and Telesat to access the US market to provide broadband services using satellite technology that, the FCC said, 'holds promise to expand Internet access in remote and rural areas across the country'.

Pai's endorsement isn't exactly a surprise: The FCC already has given its approval to rival companies with similar plans, including OneWeb, Space Norway and Telesat.

According to the FCC, if the proposal is approved, it would be the first time an American company has been given permission to use low-Earth orbit satellites for providing broadband. SpaceX might beat them all, though, simply because it also owns the rockets necessary to get those satellites into space and is already beginning to launch them. OneWeb is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, but was first licensed in the United Kingdom. Musk's January 16, 2015 announcement in Seattle, leaked onto YouTube by an attendee, came just two days after OneWeb announced that Virgin Galactic and Qualcomm had agreed to invest in its rival system. The launch in June will actually happen before the military certifies the massive SpaceX rocket because the mission is reportedly only experimental. Other public filings have revealed that the company hopes revenue from becoming an ISP could help fund its vision of a Mars colony.

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On Sunday, "SpaceX tweeted, Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete - targeting February 17 launch of Paz from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California".

Elon Musk's SpaceX is one busy company. Further satellites will be launched in phases, with SpaceX intending to reach full capacity with 4,425 satellites in 2024.

The USAF is looking to make use of the Falcon Heavy to launch its Space Test Program 2 mission (STP-2), reports Bloomberg.

The move gives a boost to the firm, known as SpaceX, and its founder, entrepreneur Elon Musk.

SpaceX's application has undergone "careful review" by the FCC's satellite engineering experts, according to Pai. "So we need things that will generate a lot of money".

Us company SpaceX on Saturday will launch two test satellites Microsat.

Competitor Telesat, which operates a fleet of 15 geostationary telecommunications satellites today, has yet to select a manufacturer for its 117-satellite LEO internet constellation.