Watch SpaceX's Latest (and Really Important) Launch Live

Watch SpaceX's Latest (and Really Important) Launch Live

SpaceX is aiming to launch another satellite into space on Monday.

Florida, May15:A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket arrived at launch pad 39A on Florida's Space Coast on Sunday, a day before liftoff with a powerhouse Inmarsat communications satellite created to spread broadband beams connecting airline passengers, maritime crews and USA and global military units with Internet and data services.

The satellite is the fourth in the company's Global Xpress (GX) constellation, aimed at providing high-speed mobile broadband service.

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on Monday carrying a commercial communications satellite.

The newly built 229-foot-tall (70-meter) SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully delivered the huge 6100 kg Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).

Instead, the spent rocket will fall into the Atlantic Ocean, as numerous rocket boosters did before SpaceX and others like Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin led the charge toward reusable rockets.




The launch window is open until 8:11 p.m.

The satellite is the size of a double decker bus. A SpaceX spokesperson said fueling the rocket closer to launch, about 35 minutes before liftoff, is a new procedure for the Falcon 9 rocket.

The rocket will carry a massive telecoms satellite for the British company Inmarsat, which will be added to Inmarsat's network of satellites already in space that beam broadband internet to ships at sea and airplanes that provide in-air Wi-Fi.

Last year, an explosion during fueling destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and its payload, grounding the fleet for months.

Today's flight was SpaceX's second in just 14 days, demonstrating the rapid-fire pace company officials are counting on to work through a backlog of satellites. If successful, this take-off would put SpaceX on course to launch more than a dozen missions this year and, possibly, as many as eighteen. The first three satellites were launched by Russian Proton rockets in 2013 and 2015.

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