Falcon-9 with record payload reached today orbit

  • Falcon-9 with record payload reached today orbit

Falcon-9 with record payload reached today orbit

Echostar-23 communications satellite with mass of 5.5 t was launched today from Kennedy Space Center LC-39A.

SpaceX resumed flying on January 14 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and on February 19 inaugurated its new Florida pad at Kennedy Space Center - Launch Complex 39A, the same one previously used by NASA's space shuttles and Saturn V moon rockets.

An Atlas V rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the SBIRS missile detection satellite on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

Thursday, sharp at 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT), the Falcon 9 rocket, carrying commercial television broadcast satellite ignited and blasted off from the launch pad and turned towards east and roared skyward on top of 1.7 million pounds of driving force.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched an Echostar communications satellite from Kennedy Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday (March 16). And the pad at LC39A is in use for some time and has hosted some of the historic space launches have happened from here. It launched a cluster of 10 Iridium communications satellites January 14, and then a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), for NASA, on February 19. It is created to last 15 years or longer. SpaceX has received a $96.5 million contract to launch a new Global Positioning System satellite into orbit, which beat out a rival bid from the ULA, thanks to SpaceX's much lower pricetag.

In nearly two years, this was the first Falcon 9 booster flew without any landing gear. The reiteration of Falcon 9 will possibly be the final upgrade for the rocket. SpaceX hopes to continue launching as often as every two or three weeks.

The high altitude launch of the EchoStar 23 CCS, Space X will not anymore recover and land the first stage release of canister from the CCS, as reported by Florida Today.

The next SpaceX launch is scheduled for March 27.

The EchoStar mission lifted off on its second attempt.