SpaceX set to launch Wednesday morning

Vice President Mike Pence delivers opening remarks during the National Space Council’s first meeting in October 2017 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center in Chantilly Virginia

This comes two weeks after SpaceX sent the world's most powerful rocket, Falcon Heavy, towards Mars with his own red Tesla roadster in it.

As for the payload, the mission's main goal is to launch Paz, a satellite that'll capture Earth images for a bunch of countries, including, as mentioned, Spain. Further satellites will be launched in phases, with SpaceX intending to reach full capacity with more than 4,000 satellites in 2024. SpaceX didn't publicly speak about the Starlink prototypes, although it revealed their presence on the Falcon 9 rockets in Federal Communications Commission filings.

Zipping along at 43,177 miles per hour, Elon Musk's cherry-red Tesla Roadster has exceeded its 36,000-mile warranty - 720 times, in fact. The company has been experimenting with parachutes on its fairings and built a giant ship equipped with metal arms to catch these fairings when they splash into the ocean.

Musk's idea is pretty simple.

On Wednesday, the Falcon 9's payload fairing will be the PAZ satellite.

"It's like a giant catcher's mitt, in boat form", SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told reporters after the Falcon Heavy launch on February 6, Space.com reported.

SpaceX has a good reason to want to recover the Falcon 9's payload fairing.

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Launching things into space is cost-prohibitive, to say the least.

Recovering and reusing a fairing could save SpaceX a significant amount of money. It's not clear why the 2015 watercraft is named Mr. Steven (SeaTran didn't immediately respond to a request for comment), but other vessels in the company's fleet have similar names, including Lady Eve, Mr. Mason, Miss Claire and, amusingly, Greater Scott. The test mission was an incredible success.

For example, the total cost of a Falcon 9 launch is estimated to be about $61 million.

The payload fairings are clam shell-like nose cone halves that protect the craft's payload.

The next SpaceX Falcon 9 mission is scheduled for Wednesday (Feb. 21).

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed the approval of an application by SpaceX to provide broadband services using satellites in the United States and worldwide. Those are two satellites that SpaceX has previously said would be used in its first phase of broadband testing as part of an ambitious plan to eventually deliver global satellite Internet.

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