SpaceX's Falcon 9 To Send Satellite During Daylight Launch

Mindy Sparks
November 16, 2018

Elon Musk's SpaceX is set to launch a used Falcon 9 rocket this afternoon in what will be the spaceflight company's 18th mission of 2018, just one mission short of a new record.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the Es'hail-2 communications satellite on November 15, 2018, from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Knifing through an overcast sky, the rocket quickly disappeared from view, leaving a slowly fading rumble in its wake.

Minutes after launch, the Falcon 9's second stage separated from the first stage and continued the push to geostationary transfer orbit.

Getting Es'hail-2 to its proper place in geostationary orbit requires a series of orbital maneuvers, which started a little more than a half-hour after launch with a second-stage engine burn and satellite deployment.

SpaceX put on a matinee show for the first time in several months Thursday with the successful launch of the Es'hail 2 satellite for the Qatari satellite company.

An artist's impression of the Es'hail 2 communications satellite in orbit.

The satellite will provide communications for the Middle East and parts of North Africa.

Es'hailSat's first satellite entered service in December 2013 and now provides direct-to-home television content, business communications and other telecommunications services.

Es'hail-2 carries Ku-band capacity for television broadcasting and Ka-band capacity for connectivity to businesses and government users.

The rocket's first stage was already back on Earth at that point, standing tall on the deck of the SpaceX droneship "Of Course I Still Love You", which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast.

SpaceX has now pulled off 31 first-stage landings and reflown landed boosters on 17 occasions.

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