SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket delivers communications satellite into orbit

Marco Green
March 18, 2017

The satellite was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The launch took place at the historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The EchoStar Corporation powered the commercial television broadcasting satellite called EchoStar 23.

Interestingly, SpaceX didn't even attempt to recover the first stage of its rocket for this launch. Earlier the launch, due to the concerns of re-arrival of high winds, SpaceX postponed the take off of the fiery orange rocket 25 minutes afterward on Thursday.

The reason? There simply wasn't enough fuel left in the tank for a return trip. At 12,300 pounds, the satellite was too heavy a load for the rocket to execute both a take-off and a controlled landing.

So far, SpaceX hasn't yet reused the first stage of a rocket on a subsequent mission. SpaceX won this award against one other competitor.

SpaceX is definitely back.

This will be the third launch of the year for SpaceX, whose full name is Space Exploration Technologies Corp. The company is designing another version to promote reusability. There were two factors behind this. The Falcon Heavy Rocket will have its debut this summer while the Falcon 9 will mostly fly by the year end. "We appreciate the confidence that the U.S. Air Force has placed in our company and we look forward to working together towards the successful launch of another GPS-III mission".

Elon Musk started SpaceX in 2002 with the vision of making space travel cheaper and sustainable. Until then, the venture's average launch costs hovered around $200 million per mission.

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