SpaceX's Falcon 9 dispatches ground-breaking telecom satellite into space

SpaceX's rocket-securing robot, known as Octagrabber, seen on OCISLY after another successful rocket recovery, August 12th.

SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Monday morning at 12:45 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida, after rain and cloudy weather delayed the launch by over an hour.

Unfortunately for us mere mortals watching it unfold at home, the video feed onboard the first stage cut out just as it landed. About 8 minutes after liftoff, the rocket booster stuck a landing aboard SpaceX's East Coast drone ship named "Of Course I Still Love You". However, several missions are now planned for the final two months of the year, including the final launch of 10 Iridium Next satellites, an uncrewed demonstration of the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft and the first Global Positioning System 3 satellite. The massive spacecraft weighs 15,564 pounds (7,060 kilograms), making it one of the heaviest commercial communications satellites ever launched.

The rocket's second stage then reached orbit about 35 minutes after liftoff.

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

This mission used the new "Block 5" variant of the Falcon 9 rocket and was the fourth to use this updated model.

Telstar 18V is the third satellite in a series launched by the Canadian company Telesat. Built by the California-based aerospace company SSL, the satellite is created to last about 15 years in orbit.

"Its payloads of HTS spot beams and focused regional beams will provide customers operating in Southeast Asia, Mongolia, Australia & New Zealand, and the North Pacific Ocean with greater choice and flexibility to serve today's bandwidth intensive applications", it continued. 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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