SpaceX is on the verge of embarking on a momentous journey to launch the largest commercial communications satellite known to the world.
Come Wednesday (July 26), the mighty SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will take to the skies, carrying Maxar Technologies’ colossal creation, the Jupiter 3.
This communications behemoth will join its companions in the orbiting Hughes Jupiter satellite fleet, serving as a broadband internet provider for the continents of North and South America.
A Hughes statement proudly claims that once fully deployed, the satellite will hold the prestigious title of being the world’s largest commercial communications satellite.
Once released into the void, the impressive dimensions of Jupiter 3 will rival the expansive wingspan of a commercial airliner, spanning from 130 to 160 feet (40 to 50 meters).
Preparing for liftoff, the Falcon Heavy will soar from Launch Complex-39A, nestled within NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
This launch marks the seventh grand event for SpaceX’s triple-booster rocket, which initially dazzled the world with its debut in 2018.
The enhanced spacecraft will journey to geostationary orbit, doubling the data rate capabilities of the existing Hughes fleet.
Jupiter 3 will facilitate in-flight Wi-Fi services and offer low-latency internet plans, seamlessly integrating with home Wi-Fi usage and other cutting-edge wireless technologies.
A masterful architectural overhaul has graced Jupiter 3 with an updated technological marvel, allowing for the miniaturization of the satellite’s electronics, the inclusion of solid-state amplifiers, and an amplified efficiency for its antennas, as stated on Maxar’s website.
The highly anticipated launch of Jupiter 3 is set for 11:04 p.m. EDT (1504 GMT) on July 26. Following the separation of its first stage, the core booster will gracefully expend itself in the Atlantic Ocean, opting not to attempt a drone-ship landing at sea.
In a mesmerizing display of precision, Falcon Heavy’s two side boosters will execute boost-back burns upon separation, coordinating near-simultaneous returns to the Cape at SpaceX’s Landing Zones 1 and 2, approximately 8.5 minutes after liftoff.