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SpaceX preparing Starlink demo satellite launch: Report

IANS  |  San Francisco 

is targeting February 17 for the test launch of its first satellite for global -- a project, informally known as Starlink, which aims to provide low-cost on a global scale, the media reported.

The prototype spacecraft, known as Microsat 2a and 2b, are reportedly to be included as secondary payloads on a Falcon 9 rocket from in California, reported late on Sunday.

The primary payload is a 3,000-pound Spanish called Paz.

"Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete -- targeting February 17 launch of Paz from in California," tweeted on Sunday.

has kept mum about many of the details relating to Starlink, but the company's business plan calls for putting thousands of communication satellites in orbit, with limited service starting by 2020, the report said.

According to a report at, the Paz satellite - named after the Spanish word for "peace" - will be launched into a 514 km circular orbit. It was built by for the Spanish company hisdeSAT, and will be used for military and civilian purposes.



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 11:18 IST