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Tintin in Space (Again!): Elon Musk's SpaceX launch demonstration satellites

jock123
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#1 · Posted: 23 Feb 2018 10:47
The private-enterprise space company SpaceX have announced the launch of two prototype satellites, which they will use to demonstrate their proposed Starlink broadband service, which is intended to bring gigabit ethernet to all parts of the globe.

The company's founder Elon Musk yesterday (22/02/2018) tweeted the news to the world, together with a video clip) that the satellites, which he has named Tintin A and Tintin B, had been successfully deployed, and that communication had been established. A test transmission of a message, "Hello world!" should start today, as the satellites pass over Los Angeles.

Mr Musk is developing a reusable rocket for delivering items to space, which returns to earth and lands vertically, so comparison had already been drawn to that and the rocket in Tintin's Moon adventures.

He also recently captured public attention by using his own Tesla motor car as a test payload, which was sent into orbit, complete with a dummy driver, and a CD player broadcasting David Bowie's Space Oddity ("...For here am I/ Sitting in a Tintin can..."? ;-) ).
mct16
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#2 · Posted: 23 Feb 2018 19:04
jock123:
He also recently captured public attention by using his own Tesla motor car as a test payload, which was sent into orbit, complete with a dummy driver, and a CD player broadcasting David Bowie's Space Oddity ("...For here am I/ Sitting in a Tintin can..."? ;-) ).

And on the dashboard was a "Don't Panic" message from Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".

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