SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 with the satellite on Board

Katie Ramirez
September 12, 2018

The rocket launched from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base at around 12:55 E.T.

Unfortunately for us mere mortals watching it unfold at home, the video feed onboard the first stage cut out just as it landed.

The Falcon 9's first stage returned to earth approximately 8 minutes after liftoff with a successful landing on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship.

However, rain and heavy clouds forced the company to push back the launch three times, until the Falcon 9 rocket was finally cleared for take-off after a 77-minute delay.

This mission used the new "Block 5" variant of the Falcon 9 rocket and was the fourth to use this updated model. It made a successful landing on a platform in the Atlantic ocean.

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The rocket will deliver into orbit the first satellite for Bangladesh. By implementing these advances on Telstar 18 VANTAGE, Telesat customers across the Asia Pacific region now have a competitive edge in meeting growing demand for satellite broadband from aero and maritime service providers, enterprise network operators and leading telecom companies.

The satellite will operate from 138 degrees east in GEO, replacing the existing Telstar 18.

The Telstar 18 VANTAGE's coverage reaches across Asia all the way to Hawaii - in both C and Ku-bands - enabling direct connectivity between any point in Asia and the Americas.

Telstar 18V is also the second-heaviest communications satellite ever launched, weighing in at 15,564 lbs. Built by the California-based aerospace company SSL, the satellite is created to last about 15 years in orbit.

Ars Technica reported this week that SpaceX's next mission will be the flight of an Argentinian satellite from California that is scheduled to take place after a month-long break in operations.

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