SpaceX to launch communications satellite Sunday night

SpaceX to launch communications satellite Sunday night

SpaceX to launch communications satellite Sunday night

Rain, lightning and thick clouds delayed the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Florida for over an hour, but Elon Musk's rocket company managed to blast off about 45 minutes after midnight Sunday, sending a heavy communications satellite on its way to orbit.

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.

SpaceX did not attempt to recover the payload fairing - the protective nose cone that surrounds a satellite during launch - this morning. That gap between launches was the longest since late 2017, when a month and a half passed between Falcon 9 launches of Koreasat 5A and a Dragon cargo resupply mission.

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

Once in operation, the satellite will provide Telesat and APT Satellite with C-band and Ku-band spectrum, boosting communications services for customers, including governments and broadcast providers, in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been taken back to the locker room on a cart after an apparent left leg injury. Kizer's first two series after Rodgers departed were disastrous, both because of the newest Bears defender, Khalil Mack .

SpaceX is set to launch its Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Sunday night.

SpaceX launched its second heavyweight Telstar telecommunications satellite from Florida tonight, and brought the Falcon 9 rocket's first-stage booster down for a landing on a drone ship hundreds of miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean.

The satellite will operate from 138 degrees east in GEO, replacing the existing Telstar 18. The satellite has an expected life expectancy of about 15 years in orbit. (7,060 kilograms), according to Spaceflight Now.

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.

The Telstar 18 VANTAGE is the third high throughput satellite (HTS) for Canadian company Telesat's global fleet.

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