Elon Musk’s space company will launch another SES satellite through its reusable Falcon-9, two days after it has sent 10 satellites to a space on a rocket of the same model.
SpaceX, a space transport company founded by Elon Musk, is preparing to launch this Wednesday, a satellite of the Luxembourg communications company SES on its partially reusable Falcon-9 rocket. The takeoff is already scheduled for 22h53.
The satellite to be shipped, the SES-11, is a hybrid communications satellite, which is optimized for digital television coverage and aims to provide a better and faster high-definition video service to North America. SpaceX estimates that the satellite will be dropped about 36 minutes after launching the rocket, which will attempt to land on the floating platform “Of Course I Still Love You” in the Atlantic Ocean. All this process can be followed through a live broadcast on the company website.
SES, founded in 1985, is the first SpaceX customer to repeat a flight on a propeller that has been recovered. The previous one was launched in March 2017, which launched a geostationary satellite with a propeller reused for the first time. It was also the first time someone successfully rebuilt a rocket and landed it successfully.
The Falcon-9 is therefore the first and only rocket to land smoothly after sending something into space. What will be shipped has flown in February this year on a refueling mission for the International Space Station. That’s why this is the third time that SpaceX will use a reused propeller and its 15th space mission of the year.
The launch comes just two days after the aerospace company sent another 10 satellites from Iridium Next to low-Earth orbit, which joined the existing constellation.
It was the third of eight planned launches of SpaceX for the new constellation of Iridium Next, which already has 30 satellites to date.