Bad weather did not prevent SpaceX from launching a satellite

Bad weather did not prevent SpaceX from launching a satellite

SpaceX Falcon 9 missile with Telstar 18 Vantage satellite launches Cape Air Force at Cape Canaveral

After several delays, SpaceX managed to send one of the largest commercial communications satellites into orbit. Rain, lightning and thick clouds held the Falcon 9 rocket for more than an hour, but September 9 was still able to launch.

The new Block 5 Falcon 9 broke away from Cape Canaveral at 12:45 am ET, despite the strong wind coming from the Atlantic Ocean. Initially, the start was planned to be held in July, but had to be postponed several times.

The massive satellite weighs 7060 kg, which is why it is considered one of the heaviest commercial communications satellites. The record is held by Telstar 19 (7076 kg), sent by SpaceX at the end of July. It is reported that the first stage of the rocket successfully landed on board the unmanned “Of Course I Still Love You” (“Of course, I still love you”), located in the Atlantic.

The successful launch was the first this month for a commercial company. Ilon Mask hopes that one day they will be able to resend a rocket within 24 hours. This was the 60th completed mission on the Falcon 9 account.

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