SpaceX Pushes Back Starlink Satellite Launch To Feb. 21 For Further Testing

Artist’s rendering of Hispasat 30 W-6 in orbit. Credit Hispasat

Now that Elon Musk has successfully launched the Falcon Heavy, what's next for the billionaire entrepreneur?

Make sure to check out SpaceX website to watch a livestream of the Falcon 9 launch on February 21. "Due to mission requirements, now targeting February 21 launch of PAZ", they added.

On Wednesday, the Falcon 9's payload fairing will be the PAZ satellite.

A delayed SpaceX launch is set to blast off Wednesday morning at 7:17 Arizona time.

SpaceX is doing final checks of the Falcon 9's upgraded clamshell-like nose cone that is fitted at the top to protect the payload during flight. A single fairing costs $6 million so reusing it multiple times will significantly reduce the cost of each launch for the company and subsequently for its clients.

Launching things into space is cost-prohibitive, to say the least.

'We've got a special boat to catch the fairing, ' Musk said in a press conference following the Falcon Heavy launch.


Right off the bat, I'm confident that Mr. Steven is some variety of Sci-Fi reference, though off the top of my head I can't place it.

Together with the Paz on the mission, there will be two experimental Microsat satellites which will be used for a 20-month test of technology for Starlink, a network of thousands of satellites which could be capable of delivering 5G service to billions of people.

For example, the total cost of a Falcon 9 launch is estimated to be about $61 million.

Falcon 9 is one of SpaceX line of reusable rockets, which represent a revolution in the space industry. Both of the side boosters landed successfully (and almost simultaneously) at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station less than 10 minutes after blasting off from KSC. His company has demonstrated the ability to do so time and again by landing and reusing rocket boosters and its Dragon spacecraft.

As SpaceX prepares to launch another Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday, the firm also won an endorsement last week from the top USA communications regulator to build a broadband network using satellites.

For several years, Musk has planned to launch more than 4,000 internet-beaming satellites in a bid to create high-speed broadband from space.

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