SpaceX' s reusable rocket launches a Qatar satellite

Gwen Vasquez
November 18, 2018

Built by Mitsubishi Electric Company, based on their DS 2000 satellite bus, Es'hail-2 has a proven, modular platform with high power capability and flexibility for a broad range of applications.

Earlier, Es'hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, announced the safe arrival of Es'hail-2 satellite at the SpaceX launch facility, in preparation for the launch. The carrier rocket was used to send into space Qatari satellite Es hail-2 ("Suhail-2") from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral.

The Falcon 9 engines ignited at 3:46 p.m., lifting off with the Es'hail 2 communications satellite from historic pad 39A.

Falcon 9's first stage for the Es'hail-2 mission previously supported the Telstar 19 VANTAGE mission in July 2018.

It also features the first Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation - AMSAT - payload to fly aboard a geostationary satellite, providing coverage stretching from Brazil to Thailand.

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Following this mission, SpaceX plans at least another four flights before the end of the year, hoping to top its 2017 record of 18 flights, Ars Technica reported.

What is Falcon 9? It was SpaceX's 31st successful booster recovery.

SpaceX has a contract to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station as part of what's known as the Commercial Crew program with NASA, but the timeline for the first flights has slipped repeatedly. And 9 in the title refers to the number of engines in the rocket. Television views provided by SpaceX showed the stage smoothly descending to touchdown about eight minutes and 15 seconds after liftoff. The company already has recovered rocket boosters several times, both on land and on drone ships at sea.

The Falcon 9 is SpaceX's reusable workhorse rocket; this was the company's 18th mission in 2018, tying its total from previous year. The launch took place on 15 November with the Space center of a name Kennedy in Florida.

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