SpaceX Launches Israeli Communications Satellite

Pablo Tucker
August 7, 2019

Nearly three years after a Space Exploration Technologies Corp. rocket blew up on the launch pad, Elon Musk's rocket company pulled off a do-over launch for its customer. The launch window is between 6:52 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. EDT and will take place on Pad 40 in Cape Canaveral. On Sept. 1, 2016 another Falcon 9 rocket was preparing for a routine static fire before launch.

But SpaceX did catch the rocket fairing in a boat called "Ms Tree". "Based on Spaceflight's experience, providing ride-share services on small- and medium-sized launch vehicles is becoming a better fit for its customers' needs", the company said in a statement to The Verge.

Amos-17, Spacecom's newest satellite, separated from the rocket's upper stage 32 minutes after liftoff.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket took off at 7:23 p.m. local time Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying a communication satellite into orbit for Israel's Space Communication Ltd. The company did not land the Falcon 9 booster for this mission, devoting the fuel that would have been used for a recovery instead to placing the 6,500-kilogram satellite into orbit. First launched in July 2018, it carried the Telstar 19 Vantage satellite tv for pc, then in November 2018, the booster deposited Qatar's Es'hail 2 communications satellite tv for pc into orbit.

Amos-17 is created to operate for 20 years - five more than the average geostationary communications satellite.

Amos-17 is created to provide increased connectivity to customers in Africa as well as parts of Europe, the Middle East, India and China through voice, video and data services. Unlike in many previous launches, SpaceX will not try to recover the rocket's first stage, which flew twice in 2018. That sounds like a lot, but consider that the lowest cost for a current SpaceX launch is now somewhere around $57 million.

However earlier than the mission can get off the bottom, SpaceX wants approval from the Air Power's Japanese Vary. A Tuesday night liftoff could also be hard to rearrange as proper subsequent door to SpaceX's Cape Canaveral launch website, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is awaiting for its personal scheduled liftoff on Thursday (Aug. eight).

The rocket is outfitted with 5 strap on strong rocket motors, created to assist raise the large payload on board - the fifth Superior Extraordinarily Excessive Frequency communications satellite tv for pc (AEHF-5).

Built by Lockheed Martin, the satellites of the AEHF constellation are created to provide secure, jam-resistant, nuclear-survivable satellite communications for high-priority military assets on land, sea and in the air.

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