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SpaceX to launch satellite for low-cost internet across globe on February 17

SpaceX to launch satellite for low-cost internet across globe on February 17

Launching the nearly 12,000 internet satellites would not come cheap, but SpaceX is also expecting a lot of profit in return.

In May, the company's vice president of satellite government affairs, Patricia Cooper, detailed its plans to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology.

The launch of a Falcon 9 rocket had been scheduled for Sunday, but on Saturday the company postponed the liftoff until 6:17 a.m. on Wednesday. SpaceX further tweeted "Due to mission requirements, now targeting February 21st launch of PAZ". Additional satellites, the company will be in a low orbit.

SpaceX will launch two prototype satellites, named Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b along with its Starlink broadband satellite constellation.

SpaceX didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. If successful, the data they provide will help pave the way for SpaceX's plans to launch almost 12,000 satellites to low Earth orbit as soon as 2024.

Instead, Facebook opted to lease broadband onboard Spacecom's AMOS-6 satellite, which was destroyed when a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded during fuelling before launch in 2016. Despite the enormous costs that would arise in implementing a project on "the distribution space of the Internet", many companies have begun to invest their efforts in development of similar programs - for example, competitor SpaceX, Boeing, and British project OneWeb.

If successful, however, SpaceX has said it plans to start launching its first commercial satellites next year, with a constellation of more than 11,000 circling the earth in low-earth orbit by the time the network is complete in 2024. In order to provide the coverage they are selling, SpaceX will have to constantly shift and synchronize thousands of these spacecraft as they zoom around the globe.

Other players include Boeing, Audacy, Karousel, LeoSat MA, O3b (owned by SES), Space Norway, Telesat Canada, Theia Holdings and ViaSat. If the company will come out with a way to ruse this part it could reduce the cost. The cheaper it is to launch an internet satellite, the more you can launch.

"Satellite technology can help reach Americans who live in rural or hard-to-serve places where fiber optic cables and cell towers do not reach", he said in the proposal.

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