So, stay tuned to see if SpaceX succeeds in its first ever ocean platform rocket landing attempt.
The rocket took off at 3:35 pm from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
‘Thanks @SES_Satellites for riding on Falcon 9!
SpaceX launches satellite but fails to land Falcon 9 booster rocket on a floating barge at sea. It was deployed 32 minutes after the launch.
Up to 22 million homes across the Asia-Pacific, clustered in countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines and India, will receive high-definition television programming via SES 9.
The Boeing-built satellite is owned by Luxembourg-based communications network operator SES SA.
“Given this mission’s unique… profile, a successful landing is not expected”, SpaceX said in a statement before the launch. First three scrubbed attempts were due to the fuel-related issues.
“The thrust is higher, we’ve improved the stage separation system, we stretched the upper stage of the rocket to add more propellant to that”, said Musk at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
SpaceX was aiming to deliver the satellite as high as 24,233 miles (39,000 km) above Earth and still have enough fuel to land the first stage of the Falcon rocket on a platform floating about 400 miles (645 km) off Florida’s coast.
As long as humans have been using booster rockets to send satellites and other craft in to space, they’ve typically ended up on the bottom of the ocean somewhere after just a single use. In December, CDA News reported that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 successfully touched down upright on a landing pad, after pushing 11 satellites into orbit.
Late past year Musk’s private spaceflight company achieved a historic rocket landing at Cape Canaveral, but in January a new attempt to land the reusable rocket at sea failed.
“Congratulations to SpaceX and the entire team who ensured the success of this launch”. So far, SpaceX has managed a controlled rocket landing on land, in December 2015.
“SES-9 is an important building block in our strategy to grow in dynamic regions and four prime sectors – video, enterprise, mobility and government”, SES chief technology officer Martin Halliwell told the BBC.
“To de-technify that, what it really means is quite simple”, he said.
There were plenty of cheers, nonetheless, as the second-stage successfully lifted the satellite higher and higher, and even more when the satellite separated successfully in full camera view. We should be in operational service at the end of May or the very beginning of June.