SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket on its record-tying 14th mission Saturday (Oct. 8), sending two business communications satellites to orbit.
The Falcon 9, topped with Intelsat’s Galaxy 33 and Galaxy 34 satellites, lifted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral House Power Station on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. EDT (2305 GMT).
The Falcon 9’s first stage got here again to Earth and landed on SpaceX’s A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship about 8.5 minutes after launch. The robotic ship was stationed within the Atlantic Ocean, just a few hundred miles off the Florida coast.
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It was the 14th launch and touchdown for this explicit booster, based on a SpaceX mission description (opens in new tab). The rocket beforehand helped launch the GPS III-3 and Turksat 5A satellites, the Transporter-2 rideshare mission and 10 massive batches of SpaceX’s Starlink web satellites.
Fourteen missions is the report for a Falcon 9 first stage, first set simply final month throughout a launch that lofted the BlueWalker 3 communications satellite tv for pc and 34 Starlinks.
Galaxy 33 was deployed about 33 minutes after liftoff and Galaxy 34 adopted swimsuit 5 minutes later, SpaceX confirmed by way of Twitter (opens in new tab).
The duo “are the following satellites in Intelsat’s complete Galaxy fleet refresh plan, a brand new technology of know-how that may present Intelsat Media prospects in North America with high-performance media distribution capabilities and unmatched penetration of cable headends,” Luxembourg-based Intelsat wrote in an announcement (opens in new tab). “It’s vital to Intelsat’s U.S. C-band clearing technique.”
Saturday’s flight was initially presupposed to launch on Thursday night (Oct. 6), however the Falcon 9 initiated an auto abort shortly (opens in new tab) earlier than the deliberate liftoff. The abort was attributable to a small helium leak, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk mentioned by way of Twitter Thursday (opens in new tab). SpaceX then pushed the launch again to Saturday to carry out extra car checks.
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