Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, June 22, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
And the action didn't stop there.
This mission also marked the Falcon 9's second flight.
This massive spacecraft is an ideal fit for the block 5, which CEO Elon Musk has called the "final version" of the Falcon 9 capable of a bit more lift and ready to reuse up to 10 times without refurbishment. This is all part of Musk's attempt to reduce the cost of spaceflight with the intent of the big goal of colonization on Mars more affordable.
About 2.5 minutes later, having competed its job, the first stage separated from the stack.
Greece fires: At least 74 dead, hundreds rescued
Later in the late afternoon, a large fire also erupted north and east of Athens . "Our hearts are with you at this hard time". Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said that at least 69 other people have been hospitalised with injuries. "People are shocked, lost".
SpaceX successfully completed a test-fire of the two-stage Falcon 9 Wednesday (July 18), firing the first stage's nine Merlin engines at full power to test them before lowering the rocket to attach the satellite payload, according to SpaceflightNow.
Yesterday's liftoff was the first for this particular first stage, however. Slated for later tonight, the mission marks the second time that the Block 5 booster gets to flex its steel muscles, after its thundering debut on May 11. Around 33 minutes later, following two burns by the upper stage of the rocket, the Telstar 19 Vantage satellite was released on its destined way to an orbit that is located high over the equator.
Telesat customer Hughes Network Systems LLC (Hughes) has signed a 15-year agreement for Telstar 19 VANTAGE Ka-band capacity that Hughes will utilize to expand its broadband satellite services for consumers and businesses in five South American countries. Indeed, the satellite was the largest-ever communications craft handled by SpaceX.
The only thing more impressive than SpaceX blastoffs may just be SpaceX landings.
It was the 26th successful Falcon 9 booster recovery, 14 on drone ships and 12 on land at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.