Los Angeles, Feb 23 (IANS) US private flight company SpaceX on Thursday launched its first two test satellites for its global broadband internet in space project.
A used Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex 4E at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying Spain's PAZ, a radar-imaging satellite, and two SpaceX test satellites for global broadband, Xinhua news agency reported.
The Falcon 9's first stage separated from the second stage about two minutes after lift-off. Cheers and applause broke out in the SpaceX control room as the launch was streamed live online.
The launch's primary mission is to deliver PAZ into orbit for the Spain-based company Hisdesat. The satellite has been deployed approximately 11 minutes after launch.
"Successful deployment of PAZ satellite to low-Earth orbit confirmed," the California-based company tweeted.
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.
Designed for a mission life of five and a half years, PAZ will orbit the Earth 15 times per day, providing an internet coverage for an area of over 300,000 square km from an altitude of 514 km and a velocity of seven km per second.
PAZ was not riding alone on the recycled Falcon 9.
Quietly on board were two additional experimental broadband satellites, Mi...