SpaceX Launches First Internet Satellites In Space, Here Are 9 Facts You Need To Know

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SpaceX has successfully launched Falcon 9 rocket carrying demo
satellites for its broadband network. Here are some interesting
and important facts about the launch:

1. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket deployed two
demonstration satellites, named Tintin A and Tintin B. These
satellites are a part of SpaceX’s much-discussed broadband
service from space.

2. The internet network, named Starlink, will
consist of thousands of operational satellites once the testing
is completed and the network is up and running.

3. SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher was 229 foot
tall, i.e., 70-meter.

4. The launch took place from California’s
Vandenberg Air Force Base. The two-stage Falcon 9 also had the
Spanish PAZ radar observation satellite as its main payload.

5. After the launch, Elon Musk tweeted that
satellites will attempt to beam “Hello World” when they pass
near LA.

6. SpaceX executives hope that Starlink will
start operating by 2020, at least in a limited capacity. These
first test satellites will collect information useful for

7. Just last week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
announced that he had endorsed Starlink. FCC has also approved
similar requests from other companies like OneWeb, Telesat, and
Space Norway.

8. This launch also included SpaceX’s first
attempt to catch Falcons falling payload fairing out of the
sky. The company attempted this catch using a boat named Mr.

9. As per Musk, the boat was a few hundred meters away from the
$6 million fairing. However, the fairing arrived in good shape.

Watch the complete video of the launch here:


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