Thursday, 18 July 2019
Latest news
Main » SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch for Air Force set June 22

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch for Air Force set June 22

18 May 2019

At 18.5 tons, the payload will be the heaviest that any SpaceX rocket has ever attempted to launch into space, according to the company.

The Starlink project is an ambitious project by the billionaire entrepreneur which plans provide the internet from space.

The gist of it is as follows.

SpaceX is one of several big players trying to start new networks that use thousands of non-geostationary satellites to offer high-speed Internet and other types of communication around the globe.

SpaceX was forced to call off its highly-anticipated Starlink satellite launch due to strong winds in Earth's upper atmosphere, and has rescheduled to launch the rocket later on Thursday instead. This simply means LEO satellites can transfer information more quickly when compared to the speeds compared to the wired broadband and fibre- optic internet.

More news: Helicopter goes down in Hudson River; pilot OK

As energizing as that seems to be, in any case, tomorrow's launch is as yet a trial.

Though the spacecraft lack intersatellite links and other features expected in later iterations, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the satellites mark the start of deployment for a constellation created to deliver internet access to unreached and underserved parts of the world. SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell also recently stated this launch will focus on scaled down "test satellites" that, while very capable, lack intersatellite links.

On board the SpaceX rocket are 60 small satellites that, distributed in orbit, will eventually form part of a $10 billion constellation.

SpaceX will broadcast live video of the launch starting about 15 minutes before lift-off. "We will hopefully have Starship active by the time we are anywhere near 12,000 satellites", he said, referring to the next-generation fully reusable launch system SpaceX is developing.

The military will assess the launch with an eye toward future missions that depend on SpaceX's reusable boosters, the Air Force said.

More news: Tim Hortons officially testing Beyond Meat breakfast items across Canada

In the past, others have tried and failed to do just what SpaceX, OneWeb and others are hoping to accomplish.

To achieve "minor coverage" a number of 6 additional similar missions have to be set in motion, and after that, 6 more spacecraft packed up with 60 satellites each shall be launched in space to obtain "moderate coverage". After 24 launches, Starlink would cover most of the world's population, and 30 launches would be sufficient to cover the planet, Juncosa said. No matter which way you look at it, that's a pretty tight timeline.

SpaceX scrubbed its first Starlink satellite launch Wednesday night, and plans to try again at 10:30 p.m. Thursday from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Starlink isn't the only megaconstellation project in the works, however.

More news: Briefing: US-China trade war could inflate iPhone costs by 3%

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch for Air Force set June 22