SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 satellite communication

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 satellite communication

Next up for the private space company is the July 25 launch of 10 Iridium Next satellites, which will be taking off on the Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket lifted off at 1:50 a.m. EDT (0550 GMT) Sunday from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad on SpaceX's 13th mission of the year.

For this particular trip, the rocket sent the Telstar 19 Vantage communications satellite into orbit, which is tasked with providing broadband internet service for folks in the Americas.

Following stage separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 Block 5 will attempt a landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" autonomous drone ship. The launch was broadcast live on SpaceX's website. Now that the company has fully transitioned to this more reusable model, rocket recovery will be an even more crucial part of the launch.

About 2.5 minutes later, having competed its job, the first stage separated from the stack. Indeed, the satellite was the largest-ever communications craft handled by SpaceX.

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Ultimately, SpaceX engineers expect the Block 5 rockets to fly up to 10 missions without refurbishment.

It was the 26th successful Falcon 9 booster recovery, 14 on drone ships and 12 on land at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

On-board thrusters will be used to circularize the orbit at an altitude of 22,300 miles above the equator where satellites take 24 hours to complete one orbit and thus appear stationary in the sky. Eastern, and deployed Telstar 19 Vantage into a geostationary transfer orbit nearly 33 minutes later. "The satellite has a mix of Ka- and Ku-band capacity".

The rocket was carrying the Telstar 19 Vantage communications satellite into space for Canadian satellite communications company Telesat. The second satellite, called Telstar 18 VANTAGE, is set for liftoff no earlier than August 17.

It is noted that this satellite weighting seven tons will also provide Wi-Fi to passengers traveling above the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean.

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