Elon Musk’s company launches two prototype satellites it hopes will be the first of thousands more beaming internet access anywhere in the world.
A pair of small satellites named for an adventurous Belgian cartoon character could serve as proof of concept for an ambitious global broadband service envisioned by Elon Musk.
After days of delays, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the two small satellites, newly dubbed Tintin A and B by Musk (but known more formally as Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b), lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force base in California on Thursday morning.
The recycled rocket’s main mission was to launch Spain’s larger Earth-imaging satellite, Paz. It’s a fairly routine delivery for SpaceX these days.