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Thursday, February 15, 2018

“Universal wifi”: SpaceX will launch the first test satellites for Internet distribution

Within a few years, Elon Musk told of his plans to launch a network of low-orbit satellites that can provide high-speed Internet access across the planet. And although the details of this project are still kept secret, the first prototype satellites ready to start using, writes Engadget.

photo: pixabay.com

According to available information, the first two test satellites will be launched into orbit this weekend. Last year, Vice President of SpaceX, responsible for the work in this direction, said first test vehicles will be launched in late 2017 or early 2018. If this works, the first operational satellites will begin to be displayed on the orbit in early 2019.

In a recent letter to the Federal communications Commission of the United States, the company announced that two experimental satellite, Microsat-Microsat 2a and-2b will start with one of the rockets, the Falcon 9, which also will orbit the radar observation satellite Paz, owned by the government of Spain. The launch is scheduled for February 17. Start will be carried out from the territory of the air base Vandenberg in 17:17 Moscow time.

Static fire test of the Falcon 9 complete—targeting February 17 launch of PAZ from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) 11 Feb 2018

Despite possible delays in such projects, SpaceX hopes to finally deploy an entire network of satellites to ensure Internet access by 2024. The project cost is estimated at $ 10 billion, but Elon Musk expects that revenues will exceed these costs and the funds can be allocated for the implementation of a more ambitious project – flight to Mars and founding a settlement there.

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