SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 from SLC-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base today, its first launch since its successful Falcon Heavy test earlier this month. The launch took off early Wednesday morning, after being rescheduled a couple of times from an initial target of this past weekend.
The launch was primarily designed to bring the PAZ satellite to orbit (which was deployed as planned into a low Earth, sun-synchronous polar orbit), a satellite for a Spanish customer that’s designed to provide geocommunications and radar imaging for both government and private commercial customers.Read more
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk shook up the automotive and aerospace industries with electric cars and cheap rockets. Now, he is focused on satellites that can deliver Internet access across the globe, according to people familiar with the matter.
Mr. Musk is working with Greg Wyler, a satellite-industry veteran and former Google Inc. executive. In talks with industry executives, Musk and Wyler have discussed launching satellites. They are considering building a factory to make satellites. Initial talks have been held with state officials about locating the factory. In addition to Mr. Musk, WorldVu is seeking a satellite industry partner to lend expertise to the project.Read more