Demo Satellites for High Speed Internet to be Launched by SpaceX

SpaceX owned by Elon Musk has a goal of delivering high-speed Internet to the entire world using small satellites that could number in the thousands, and this week the plan moves closer to become a reality.

The company has scheduled a launch of a rocket from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base for Wednesday at 6:17 PST.

On the rocket will be a pair of experimental satellites which will test the technology SpaceX is planning to use for its high-speed Internet service, showed public filings.

SpaceX has been given the approval of the Federal Communications Commission to send the test satellites into space, and a week ago Ajit Pai the chairman of the FCC gave the internet ambitions of SpaceX a push, through urging the FCC to give approval to SpaceX’s broader proposal for internet.

The plan of SpaceX is deliver broadband service to people anywhere across the U.S, and the globe at speeds that are similar to some of the fastest ground based connections of internet.

Billions of people across the globe do not have access to internet so companies are racing to find better ways to bean down internet from space.

Including in those is OneWeb, a startup that has attracted the support of Virgin Group, Qualcomm, and Coca-Cola. The startup has already gained approval of the FCC to send its satellites for internet into orbit.

Chairman Pai, who President Donald Trump appointed to lead the FCC, said a week ago that if the approval is given to SpaceX for its satellite internet project, it will be the first for a company based in the U.S. in the race for internet in space.

Some internal financial documents of SpaceX that last year the Wall Street Journal obtained show that the company has very high expectations for its satellite network.

A WSJ report said that SpaceX had projected that the business of satellite internet would have more than 40 million subscribers and revenue of over $30 million by 2025.

On Wednesday, test satellites for SpaceX will not be the only thing flying abroad the launched rocket. The primary mission is delivering PAZ, a satellite for the government of Spain.

According to Airbus, the European plane maker, which was the primary contractor for the Spanish satellite, the satellite is to serve several different applications including security and defense.

It will remain in orbit for just over five years, making full orbits of the Earth 15 times each day.