Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Braving Bad Weather, Space X Launches Falcon 9 Satellite Successfully

Braving Bad Weather, Space X Launches Falcon 9 Satellite Successfully

This was SpaceX's fourth launch of its brand-new "Block 5" booster and the 16th Falcon 9 launch since the beginning of 2018.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a Telstar 18 Vantage communications satellite into orbit Monday before returning for a successful drone-ship landing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Liftoff was from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Unfortunately for us mere mortals watching it unfold at home, the video feed onboard the first stage cut out just as it landed.

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Telstar 18 VANTAGE from Cape Canaveral early Monday morning.

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The mission yesterday marks the 60th completed Falcon 9 mission and, in time, SpaceX hopes to be able to relaunch the same rocket within a 24 hour turnaround time but for the moment, the company is looking forward to a break of around one month before the next launch.

B1049 stands proud after a successful landing aboard drone ship OCISLY.

SpaceX's upgraded Falcon 9 to the configuration Block 5 and equip it marches in step B1049.1.

"The coverage of Telesat's newest satellite reaches across Asia all the way to Hawaii...enabling direct connectivity between any point in Asia and the Americas", a release stated. "The satellite has a 15-year design life". 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 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. The next SpaceX mission is scheduled to launch October 7 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with Argentina's SAOCOM 1A Earth-observation satellite.

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