Weather 60% ‘GO’ For SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch July 22, 2018

Gwen Vasquez
July 25, 2018

SpaceX has another block 5 Falcon 9 launched planned for Wednesday from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California. Back in May, SpaceX launched Block 5 for the first time, during which it carriedBangladesh's very first satellite, the Bangabandhu-1. The company eventually plans to shift all spaceflight responsibilities to its in-development BFR Mars-colonization rocket-spaceship duo. It is the latest and final version of the rocket and the company calls it Block 5. Eastern, and deployed Telstar 19 Vantage into a geostationary transfer orbit nearly 33 minutes later. Within less than 9 Min following blast-off, the first stage of the rocket's descended back to Earth, excelling a landing on board "Of Course I Still Love You", the SpaceX drone vessel, some hundred miles away from the Florida coast.

But as dramatic as the booster recoveries are, the primary goal of Sunday's flight was to place Ottawa-based Telesat's Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite into a highly elliptical orbit with a presumed high point of more than 20,000 miles and a low point of less than 200 miles.

Thus far, SpaceX has not yet relaunched a Block 5 rocket, which makes sense, given that only two successful launches have been completed thus far. The satellite has a mix of traditional Ku-band wide beams and Ku- and Ka-band spot beams for connectivity services including internet for consumers, stores, offices and mobile platforms like boats and airplanes.

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Telesat 19V will be used for broadband satellite services to Brazil (from 63 degrees West), and the northern Canadian territory of Nunavut.

As it was reported earlier, SpaceX, a private American Aerospace company postponed its Falcon 9 Block 5 launch for 24 hours one minute prior to the expected launch time.

Three options for reusability According to Florida Today, SpaceX has three computer-controlled booster options after any launch that kick off the reusability process. The satellite was built by SSL, a Maxar Technologies company, and has a 15 year design life.

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