Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s private space exploration agency SpaceX has finally launched its first telecommunication satellite and 16th overall space mission – Telstar 18 via a Falcon 9 rocket successfully on Monday.
Lighting up the night sky of Florida on Monday, the humongous Falcon 9 rocket lifted off the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 12:45 a.m. EDT to deploy SpaceX’s Telstar 18 Vantage (18V) communications satellite, also known as Apstar 5C, into orbit 32 minutes later. The take off was planned earlier but due to weather disturbances it was delayed and lifted off 77 minutes later. The principal integration engineer and one of the senior leaders at SpaceX, Mr. John Insprucker told that they didn’t actually know but the recovery calls suggested that Falcon 9 had landed.
This is the fourth time for SpaceX that the Falcon 9 rocket was used – after a mission launched in July. However, the Telstar 18V is launched by Telesat, a Canadian company, and has achieved the honor to be first geostationary satellite covering Asia-pacific region and will be providing services to countries like China, Mongolia, Southeast Asia, and also the Pacific Ocean region, according to the official news. And the Telstar 18V is expected to be promising enough to enhance the capabilities of Telstar 18 launched in 2004. Designed to sustain itself for about 15 years in the orbit, this satellite will provide a direct communication between Asia and America.
SpaceX had earlier tried to recover the nose cone surrounding satellites during the launch with the help of a boat called Mr. Steven but it hasn’t recovered any of them till now. So this time they decided not to give it a try as no previous nose cones were regained till yet. Falcon has marked its 15th flight since beginning and SpaceX has marked its 18th drone ship landing in sea. Further projects are already being worked upon at SpaceX and the next mission is expected to be announced by this October.