SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket to launch powerful telecom satellite

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The launch was the 16th of the year for SpaceX, but also the first for the company in more than a month, since the August 7 launch of the Merah Putih satellite for Telkom Indonesia.

SpaceX has headed to the launch pads of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station once again, in order to deliver the Telstar 18 Vantage satellite into orbit.

The rocket's first stage landed successfully on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" and will be recovered for the next mission.

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Telstar 18 VANTAGE from Cape Canaveral early Monday morning.

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. The droneship, which was named in honor of sci-fi author Iain Banks, is a remote landing platform for the rocket.

The satellite, which will operate as a partnership between the Canadian company Telesat and the Hong Kong-based company APT Satellite company will provide broadcast, enterprise and government communications services over the Pacific Ocean, stretching from Hawaii across to India and Pakistan, according to a statement from Telesat.

SpaceX's upgraded Falcon 9 to the configuration Block 5 and equip it marches in step B1049.1.

As the Inquisitr reported last week, the Telstar 18V communications satellite was originally slated for a late-night launch on September 9, with the launch window opening about half an hour before midnight. East Coast Times and launced the communications satellite into orbit 32 minutes later. Built by the California-based aerospace company SSL, the satellite is created to last about 15 years in orbit. The next SpaceX mission is scheduled to launch October 7 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with Argentina's SAOCOM 1A Earth-observation satellite.

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