Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

SpaceX launches heavy Falcon 9 satellite despite heavy weather

SpaceX launches heavy Falcon 9 satellite despite heavy weather

The launch was the 16th of the year for SpaceX, but also the first for the company in more than a month, since the August 7 launch of the Merah Putih satellite for Telkom Indonesia.

Following a 77-minute weather delay, the Falcon 9 Rocket took off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 12:45 a.m. EDT, and then sent the satellite into orbit 32 minutes later.

Unfortunately for us mere mortals watching it unfold at home, the video feed onboard the first stage cut out just as it landed. The name of that drone ship is "Of Course I Still Love You", because of course it is.

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B1049 stands proud after a successful landing aboard drone ship OCISLY. It was also the 60th completed Falcon 9 mission.

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The latest addition to the fleet will replace Telesat's Telstar 18 satellite. Operating from 138 degrees East, the satellite's coverage reaches across Asia all the way to Hawaii - in both C and Ku-band - enabling direct connectivity between any point in Asia and the Americas.

The 15,564-pound satellite will put in no less than 15 years in the circle.

As the Inquisitr reported last week, the Telstar 18V communications satellite was originally slated for a late-night launch on September 9, with the launch window opening about half an hour before midnight.

The new satellite delivery comes a bit over a month after the Falcon 9 had successfully delivered the Telstar 19 back in July. Its Ku-band payloads of HTS spot beams and focused regional beams will provide customers operating in Southeast Asia, Mongolia, Australia & New Zealand, and the North Pacific Ocean with greater choice and flexibility to serve today's bandwidth intensive applications.

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