SpaceX launches its largest satellite ever

SpaceX launches its largest satellite ever

The launch had been previously delayed and ran over a week late. The 50th Falcon 9 launch was earlier targeted for February 25.

The two-hour launch window opened at 12:33 a.m. EST (5:33 UTC), and the rocket took off shortly afterward.

SpaceX has yet another Falcon 9 launch scheduled for tomorrow, and there's something special about this one, but it's not the payload.

Falcon 9 waiting on the launchpad about 10 minutes before launch. In the hyperconnected world in which we live, access to quality broadband is an essential need for economic, social and even personal development, and this satellite fulfils this need in places other technologies can not reach.




But 2017 was a banner year for the company, with a record 18 Falcon 9 launches, and no major launch mishaps. Some waves even topped 24 feet at the landing zone, according to CBS. Over the years, "Block" upgrades made the Falcon 9 more powerful, and the rocket's advanced avionics eventually led to the propulsive landings that have become commonplace over the last few years.

Communications satellites are often placed into geostationary orbits - approximately 37.5km from the surface of the Earth - and remain at a fixed position which satellite antennas can point at. It is basically a tri-band satellite. The satellite will help provide direct-to-home and high-definition television as well.

SpaceX tweeted to confirm that the deployment of the satellite into a geostationary orbit was confirmed. But SpaceX needed to do more tests to make sure the rocket's payload fairing, the shield that protects the payload shortly after launch, was properly pressurized, according to SpaceFlightNow. Other upcoming launch missions, as well as those already completed can be found here.

Live Stream: SpaceX will launch its live webcast at 11:45 p.m.

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