SpaceX launches heavy Falcon 9 satellite despite heavy weather

12 September, 2018, 08:58 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • SpaceX					SpaceX bags 60th successful Falcon 9 launch eight years after rocket’s debut

The rocket launched from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base at around 12:55 E.T.

Once inactivity, the satellite will furnish Telesat and APT Satellite with C-band and Ku-band range, boosting interchanges administrations for clients, including governments and communicate suppliers, in the Asia-Pacific locale.

This mission used the new "Block 5" variant of the Falcon 9 rocket and was the fourth to use this updated model.

SpaceX ended a rare extended gap in launch activity September 10 with the successful launch of a communications satellite for Telesat, the second payload for that satellite operator in less than two months.

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The rocket will deliver into orbit the first satellite for Bangladesh.

The livestream of the entire event, from the dramatic countdown to the booster's touch down in the Atlantic Ocean, is available in the video below.

The satellite will operate from 138 degrees east in GEO, replacing the existing Telstar 18. Hovering above the Earth in geostationary orbit, Telstar 18V will provide constant broadband communications services to China, Mongolia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Ocean region, Telesat officials said in a statement. The Falcon Heavy could also make its second launch before the end of the year, either carrying the Arabsat-6A communications satellite or the Space Test Program 2 payload for the U.S. Air Force. The record was set by its companion Telstar 19 satellite, which weighed in at 15,600 pounds and which launched in late July aboard a different SpaceX Falcon 9.

Ars Technica reported this week that SpaceX's next mission will be the flight of an Argentinian satellite from California that is scheduled to take place after a month-long break in operations.

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