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"These (satellites) are meant to gather data in advance of deploying and operating a satellite constellation that will provide Internet service", Tom Praderio, a SpaceX firmware engineer, said during the company's launch webcast. The spacecraft are mentioned in documents SpaceX filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), however. On February 14, Pai urged the FCC to approve SpaceX's broader proposal to deliver "broadband services directly to [people] anywhere in the United States or around the world" at speeds similar to the quickest ground-based internet connections. The rocket's mission was to deliver a Spanish radar imaging satellite into low Earth orbit. The company also has proposed launching more than 7,500 satellites in lower 210-mile-high orbits using different frequencies.

Some of SpaceX's internal financial documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal past year show the company has high expectations for this satellite network.

On Wednesday, SpaceX's test satellites won't be the only thing aboard the rocket.

The company's goal, according to projections obtained by the Wall Street Journal, is to have subscribed over 40 million customers by 2025, which would amount to almost 30 billion USA dollars in total revenue. Pacific Time liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base - that honor belonged to PAZ, an Earth observation satellite, for Spain-based Hisdesat.

Earlier this month, SpaceX captured the public's attention with the launch of its massive new rocket. And it will capture images of our home planet - day or night and no matter what the weather looks like - using radar technology.

There are plans to fly a communications satellite and a payload for the U.S. Air Force on board a Falcon Heavy later this year. SpaceX officials tweeted that the Team at Vandenberg is taking additional time to perform final checkouts of the upgraded fairing.

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SpaceX anticipated the fairings' descent and are standing by with a specially equipped ship, called Mr. Steven, with a net that's created to catch at least one of the falling cones.

If successful, SpaceX's eventual recycling of fairings could add even more hardware to its growing list of "flight-proven" components.

A SpaceX rocket took to the skies Thursday morning following three delays over the past week.

Falcon fairing half as seen from our catcher's mitt in boat form, Mr. Steven. They missed the fairing. Musk said that they are getting closer to recovering the payload fairings and have been experimenting with parachutes on its fairings.

Musk confirmed via social media that the fairing missed the boat, but landed in one piece nearby.

Earlier Musk had said that recovering payload fairing is pretty hard because the parachutes fitted to them tend to get twisted during descent.



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