SpaceX Just Made History. Again.

November 16, 2016 – 12:59 pm

SpaceX Just Made History. Again.The rocket exhaust plume was easily visible for several minutes after liftoff of the historic mission. The 3, 138 kg (6, 918 lbs) SES-8 satellite is a hybrid Ku- and Ka-band spacecraft that will provide TV and communications coverage for the South Asia and Asia Pacific regions.

This new version of the Falcon 9 rocket has nearly 50% more thrust compared to the original Falcon 9. [Photo Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com]

SpaceX Just Made History. Again.The stakes could not have been higher for the future of SpaceX. The firm's future launch manifest of more than 50 flights for NASA and a variety of commercial entities worth billions of dollars were riding on the success of tonight's liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. With 54 satellites in orbit SES is one of the largest commercial telecommunications satellite operators in the world.

The next generation Falcon 9 rocket injected the SES-8 telecommunications to its targeted geostationary transfer orbit flying 295 x 80, 000 km above Earth. A restart of the second stage engine was absolutely essential to the success of the mission since a failure to ignite would have doomed the SES-8 satellite from reaching is desired orbit since it's a requirement for all geostationary transfer missions.

The picture-perfect flight met 100% of the mission objectives, SpaceX said in a post-launch statement.

"The successful insertion of the SES-8 satellite confirms the upgraded Falcon 9 launch vehicle delivers to the industry's highest performance standards, " said Elon Musk, CEO and Chief Designer of SpaceX. "As always, SpaceX remains committed to delivering the safest, most reliable launch vehicles on the market today. We appreciate SES's early confidence in SpaceX and look forward to launching additional SES satellites in the years to come." [Photo Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com]

Today's launch marked SpaceX's first commercial launch from Florida as well as the first commercial flight from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in over five years.SpaceX Just Made History. Again. Satellite operators have booked their commercial launches with other rocket companies overseas due to the high cost of other American expendable rockets. SpaceX's entire corporate aim has been to significantly cut the high cost of access to space. "This is really rocking the industry. Everybody has to look out, " said Martin Halliwell, SES chief technical officer, at the prelaunch meeting with reporters including Universe Today. With today's SpaceX is sure to sign even more contracts bringing additional commercial telecommunications satellite space launches back to American soil.

SpaceX Just Made History. Again. SpaceX Just Made History. Again.

Source: io9.com

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