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SpaceX's Falcon 9 To Send Satellite During Daylight Launch
Update: The Es'hail-2 satellite was successfully launched after the Falcon 9 lifted off from the Florida Kennedy Space Center at 15:46 Eastern Time (20:46 UTC).
The primary goal of Thursday's flight was to boost the 11,685-pound Es'hail 2 relay station into orbit for the Qatari company Es'hailSat to provide government and private sector communications across the Middle East, including direct-to-home television and data services. Es'hail-1, Qatar's earlier satellite, was deployed in August 2013 in partnership with Eutelsat, a French telecommunications operator. Es'hail 2 features high-speed Ku- and Ka-band transponders, a military communications payload and sophisticated anti-jamming capabilities.
Minutes after launch, the Falcon 9's second stage separated from the first stage and continued the push to geostationary transfer orbit. Blastoff took place on time at 3:46 p.m. ET.
A proud staple of the SpaceX team as the satellite moved towards its intended destination, the 15-story booster stage made its way back down to earth with its aerodynamic fins as three of the rocket engines ignited to slow down the stage's re-entry.
The rocket and its payload hit a succession of milestones within minutes of takeoff, including first and second stage separation, as well as the release of the payload fairings. The bull's-eye landing marked the 31st for SpaceX and the second landing for the booster.
Such reuse is key to SpaceX's effort to slash the cost of spaceflight, a breakthrough that could help humanity achieve ambitious exploration feats such as the settlement of Mars, company founder and CEO Elon Musk has said.
Thursday's launch was powered by a previously used rocket booster.
SpaceX has five more Falcon 9 rocket launches on the docket for 2018, which would bring its total to a SpaceX-record 22 for the year, if they pull it off.
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After that performance, some figured Hayward would be under a minutes restriction, or even sit out for Saturday night's game. They rebounded from a dismal five-game road trip with a resounding 111-82 victory over the rebuilding Chicago Bulls .