SpaceX to attempt satellite launch from California today

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Streaming live from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at the Vandenberg Air Force Base rocket facility in California, SpaceX will deliver a Spanish PAZ satellite into low-orbit.

SpaceX is now hoping for more favorable winds to get on with the launch at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Elon Musk's SpaceX will launch its Falcon 9 rocket with a PAZ payload and two microsatellites into space.

According to the mission description, equipped with an advanced radar instrument, PAZ will cover the entire globe in 24 hours, serving both commercial and government needs.

"This system, if successful, would provide people in low to moderate population densities around the world with affordable high-speed internet access, including many who have never had internet access before", he added. SpaceX said it will not attempt to recover Falcon 9's first stage boosters after launch.

The static test fire of Falcon 9 was completed on February 11, after which the space firm aimed at February 17 for the launch. Long-haul boaters and aviation companies have also been interested in satellite Internet, though they typically don't purchase access to it because it costs hundreds of dollars per day. The project, backed by Elon Musk, is created to bring broadband access to billions of unserved or under-served users around the world in his "Starlink" service. They also will conduct further testing of the rocket's fairing, which is the section at the tip of the rocket which costs $5 million and deploys the rocket's payload, according to a report in Space.com.

SpaceX first announced Starlink internet constellation in 2015. SpaceX ultimately intends to put about 12,000 broadband satellites in low Earth orbit, and Sunday's payload will mark the company's first attempt at realizing the dream.

According to reports, The company with the help of Elon Musk's vision wants to create a giant constellation of almost 12,000 satellites that will orbit above Earth, allowing internet connectivity to antenna receivers on the planet's surface.

Once the first flock of satellites is up and running, SpaceX will go for a bigger flock that counts to 7,518 satellites at the orbit of about 211 miles in altitude. Dubbed Paz, this is actually the primary mission of the launch.

Paz is a 1,400-kilogram synthetic-aperture radar satellite from Airbus Defence and Space that can image up to 300,000 square kilometers of the Earth's surface each day.

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