SpaceX has successfully launched a European communications satellite today, operator Eutelsat announced.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 6:22 a.m. Belgian time. The first stage returned and landed aboard the Just Read The Instructions drone in less than nine minutes. This staircase has already flown for the seventh time. Reusing missile parts reduces launch costs.
About 36 minutes after launch, the second stage expanded the payload to a geostationary transfer orbit. It is related to the Hotbird-13G of Eutelsat, which is headquartered in France. The creator of the satellite was Airbus Defense and Space …
The 4.5-ton Hotbird will have to broadcast television programs from 13 degrees East for at least fifteen years and replace three outdated satellites.
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