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SpaceX nails another rocket landing on its droneship

12 September 2018, 08:57 | Justin Tyler

SpaceX SpaceX bags 60th successful Falcon 9 launch eight years after rocket’s debut

SpaceX					SpaceX bags 60th successful Falcon 9 launch eight years after rocket’s debut

SpaceX has headed to the launch pads of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station once again, in order to deliver the Telstar 18 Vantage satellite into orbit.

The first stage of the rocket landed aboard the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" stationed in the Atlantic and will be recovered for use on a future mission. Exactly 32 minutes later, the "Telstar 18 Vantage" satellite was safely in orbit, on the heels of "Telstar 19 Vantage, ' which was launched July 22 by another Falcon 9, Florida Today reported".

SpaceX's upgraded Block 5 Falcon 9 will help the company achieve its goal of vastly cheaper spaceflight, in which it aims to fly the boosters up to 10 times with little maintenance, and 100 with refurbishment.

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


Telstar 18 VANTAGE will replace and expand on the capabilities of Telesat's Telstar 18 satellite with its extensive C-band capacity over Asia, its Ku-band HTS spot beams over Indonesia and Malaysia, and its five additional regional Ku-band beams.

Telstar 18V is the third high-throughput satellite in a constellation launched by a Canadian company called Telesat, and it will be the first satellite in this fleet to provide coverage over the Asia-Pacific region.

SpaceX's upgraded Falcon 9 to the configuration Block 5 and equip it marches in step B1049.1. The satellite Telstar-18 Vantage will stay in orbit for about 15 years. Its position over the 138th meridian east will allow it to provide coverage across Asia and Hawaii, "enabling direct connectivity between any point in Asia and the Americas". 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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