For quite a few years, Elon Musk—CEO of Space X—has been planning to launch a couple of hundreds of low-orbiting satellites, which will work to provide high-speed internet to everyone across the globe. Although the details of the satellites have not been explicitly revealed, there was speculation that the first round of prototypes were being made ready to launch; a letter published on FCC’s website claims that the first two satellites will be positioned in the orbit for testing this weekend.
According to SpaceX’s vice president of satellite affairs, the company plans to launch its first two demo satellites in the beginning of 2018. If things fell into place, the company’s very first operational satellite could get an early launch by 2019. According to a letter to FCC, SpaceX claimed that Microsat-2a and -2b, two experimental satellites, will get launched on a Falcon 9 rocket.The rocket will also carry a radar observation satellite that belongs to the government of Spain called Paz. A static fire of the rocket took place recently. Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b along with Paz are scheduled to lift off on February 17th. According to a notice, the Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch at 6:17AM Pacific from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
SpaceX is determined to successfully send all of its internet-providing satellites in orbit by the year 2024 keeping in mind that these things are always prone to delays. Even though the project is estimated to cost over $10 billion, Musk is hopeful to generate enough revenue once the project is executed. According to Musk, the revenue generated from this project will be utilised for a larger goal: Mars. A lot of money is needed to create a city on Mars, and this project will be a great source of income.