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Falcon 9 with Telstar communications satellite launches tonight
24 July 2018, 01:09 | Justin Tyler
The launch was completed in the early hours of Sunday morning
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The rocket was carrying the Telstar 19 Vantage communications satellite into space for Canadian satellite communications company Telesat. The Telstar 19 Vantage (19V), which will provide satellite broadband coverage across the Americas and Atlantic from 63 degrees west, is expected to enter service this summer once orbit raising and testing is complete.
Part of the reason we've gone so long without seeing a SpaceX landing is that the company has been trying to get rid of its excess Block 4 rockets by refusing to land them back on Earth. The 19-V is the first of two spacecraft owned by Telesat, a telecom satellite operator based on Ottawa.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A SpaceXFalcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 took on July 22, 2018 at 1:50 a.m. EDT (05:50 GMT). Then 18 minutes later its engine re-ignited for about 50 seconds to raise the high point of its orbit, achieving a geostationary transfer orbit. Portions of the Block 5 rocket, according to SpaceX, can be reused up to 10 times with minimal refurbishing and quick turnaround, and dozens of times with more thorough refurbishment. The satellite weighs more than seven tonnes and is the heaviest commercial communications satellite ever launched.
SpaceX has another block 5 Falcon 9 launched planned for Wednesday from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California. It is equipped with two high throughput payloads, one in Ku-band and the other in Ka-band. The rocket will send 10 communications satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications Inc.
"So, in addition to being able to kick back and enjoy an in-flight movie or check your email from 35,000 feet, the aircraft crews and the maintenance teams are also able to benefit from this in-flight connectivity", said Brian Mahlstedt during SpaceX's launch webcast.
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