Spanish satellite launch postponed twice this week by SpaceX


When launching the Falcon 9 is planned to use the first stage, which previously put into orbit optical satellite for sensing the surface of the earth - Formosat-5.

During the first phase of the project the company plans to launch 800 satellites that will completely cover the signal territory of the United States, Puerto Rico and the USA virgin Islands.

SpaceX will send the Falcon 9 rocket into space today, carrying a Spanish satellite along with two smaller experimental satellites, the latter a part of Elon Musk's mission to provide space-based internet service. SpaceX further tweeted "Due to mission requirements, now targeting February 21st launch of PAZ".

But for consumers, companies such as SpaceX believe a different approach could help lower costs and increase reliability, making satellite broadband practical for everyday use. Another payload on the Falcon 9 is SpaceX's own two broadband satellites named as Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b.

SpaceX's satellite operation is headquartered in Redmond, Wash. Earlier, representatives of the company told that the "constellation" will be located in low earth orbit at a height of 1110-1350 km - lower than traditional geostationary satellites. SpaceX plans to connect its constellation of satellites to form a so-called mesh network, passing information among them and blanketing the earth.

As per the previous report, initially, the Falcon 9 was scheduled to blast off from a launch pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on 18th February.

But SpaceX is not the only company in the game. The company is contracting Soyuz, Blue Origin's New Glenn, and Virgin Galactic LauncherOne to carry batches of its spacecraft to orbit, none of which will be prototypes.

"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.

Documents cited in media reports identify the satellites as part of a SpaceX program known as "Starlink", which envisions an array of almost 12,000 satellites circling Earth within about six years, creating a worldwide internet system. If the company will come out with a way to ruse this part it could reduce the cost.