The company SpaceX Elon musk, earlier this month sent into space the red Tesla Roadster, this time sold a little less than spectacular space project, but much more practical. The Falcon 9 rocket went into orbit with communication satellites, which should present to the world the next generation Internet.
The carrier rocket was launched from a California air force base Vandenberg February 22. On Board the Falcon 9 are two satellites Microsat 2a and 2b included in the program of the global broadband Internet Starlink.
The program provides start until 2024 about 12 thousand Microsat satellites, each weighing from 100 to 500 kg. Their task is to provide distribution of high speed Internet around the globe.
Under the project, about 4.5 thousand satellites working in Ku – and Ka-bands can be accommodated in the 83 orbital planes at a height of 1110 – 1325 km parade 7.5 thousand satellites will work at altitude 335 – 346 km.
Also, the Falcon 9 is designed to launch radar satellite remote sensing PAZ, under the administration of Spanish operator Hisdesat, and is a component of Spanish national satellite Earth observation programmes.
Initially the launch of the Falcon 9 was scheduled for February 17. Today, too, not everything went smoothly: the failed attempt to bring back the fairing of the rocket. According to the plan, after ejection from the main load fairing is divided into two parts, one of which released the parachute for a smooth landing and had to sit in the designated point.
“Missed by a few hundred meters, fairing smoothly landed in the water,” said Max. According to him, the mission could be completed successfully if the parachute was bigger and stronger would slow down the fall.
First two demo Starlink satellites, called Tintin A & B, deployed and communicating to Earth stations pic.twitter.com/TfI53wHEtz
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 22, 2018.
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