dglobalnews.com SpaceX Falcon 9 set to carry Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite into space
Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Tech | By Arthur Brown

SpaceX Falcon 9 set to carry Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite into space

SpaceX Falcon 9 set to carry Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite into space

Weather is near ideal for a launch from Kennedy Space Center this evening, with a 90-percent chance of favorable conditions.

The communications satellite that SpaceX's Falcon 9 will loft to geostationary transfer orbit is a beast of a sat, weighing in at over six metric tons.

Meanwhile, the London-based Inmarsat had initially planned on using SpaceX's other rocket, the Falcon Heavy.

The Falcon 9 rocket would be carrying a massive, 13,500-pound satellite from British firm Inmarsat, which is created to deliver high-speed broadband internet to mobile customers. The 7th launch will happen 2 weeks from now at the beginning on June.

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Subscribe to Times of San Diego's free daily email newsletter! . The Inmarsat-5 F4 (or I5F4) comes in at roughly 13,500 lbs (6,123 kg).

The Inmarsat-5 satellite being loaded into the fairing of a Falcon 9. Unlike past missions, however, Monday's launch saw the Falcon 9 deliver a massive payload to space, and never return to Earth, all for the sake of better internet. "In maritime, our system is actually integrated".

Watch SpaceX's successful launch and land of a rocket that's flown before. That means SpaceX may finally be getting to the launch cadence that the company has boasted for a while now.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 is tuning out to be a real work-horse. The company has not disclosed whether it will make another experimental attempt to recover the rocket's payload fairing. SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell told Reuters she hoped the company would get to a point where it was launching rockets that regularly in February. The pad was heavily damaged in the September 1 pre-flight mishap but it is expected to be back on line shortly. The first unpiloted test flight of SpaceX's Dragon crew ship is expected next March.

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