SpaceX is set to launch a pair of experimental internet mini-satellites after yesterday’s launch was cancelled due to high winds. You can watch today’s launch of the Falcon 9 live right here starting at 9:17 a.m. Eastern (6:17 a.m. Pacific). The primary cargo of today’s launch is a 3,000-pound radar observation satellite, called Paz, owned by the Spanish government, but all the buzz is about the secondary load: a pair of SpaceX internet satellites dubbed Microsat 2a and 2b. They are the first of a planned 4,000-satellite constellation system called Starlink. With today’s launch (finger’s crossed), the Elon Musk-led company will officially enter into the internet satellite business. The cargo is packed atop a Falcon 9 rocket, which is scheduled to launch from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:28 a.m. Eastern (6:28 a.m. Pacific), or shortly thereafter. The livefeed will go active approximately 11 minutes prior to launch, at about 9:17 a.m. PT (6:17 a.m. PT). Yesterday’s launch was postponed in hopes of more favorable weather today. “High altitude wind shear data shows a probable 2% load exceedance,” tweeted Musk yesterday. “Small, but better to be paranoid. Postponing launch to tomorrow [February 22], assuming winds are better… Read full this story
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