SpaceX Launch Of Koreasat-5A On Tap For Today

Mae Love
November 2, 2017

All of this means that there is only a small margin of error if the company wants the Falcon Heavy launch to happen before the end of the year, or indeed if the company wants to launch the rocket in a New Years Eve spectacle.

On Monday, SpaceX created history by making its 16th launch, when its reusable Falcon 9 rocket took off to from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying KoreaSat 5A communications satellite. The launch and delivery was streamed live.

The satellite, also known as Mugungwha 5A, will be delivered into a geostationary orbit.

"Koreasat-5A secured service areas encompassing Indochina and the Middle East and has a global maritime communication-dedicated beam, which makes it a resource optimized for global satellite communication and maritime satellite IoT", said CEO Hahn Won-sic.

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According to the description of Falcon Heavy on SpaceX website, the rocket will have twice the thrust of the next largest rocket. SpaceX still has one more Falcon 9 launch scheduled before the changes to the launchpad for the Falcon Heavy can begin. The satellite is created to replace an earlier version, called Koreasat 5, which launched in 2006. Problems with the satellite's solar arrays have forced the communications company to retire the craft.

Its first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 engines together generate a thrust equal to that of approximately eighteen Boeing 747 aircraft.

And it is the 19th time a Space X rocket has landed successfully at sea or on land.

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