SpaceX rocket flies on 60th anniversary of first U.S. satellite launch
A SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher boosted a 4.7-ton military-grade communications satellite for SES and the Luxembourg government toward a perch 22,300 miles over the equator following a spectacular late afternoon liftoff Tuesday from Florida’s Space Coast, clearing the last mission off the launch company’s manifest before the long-awaited debut of the massive Falcon Heavy rocket.
Video: Replay of the launch of GovSat 1 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket
Falcon 9 launches with GovSat 1 as seen from Kennedy Space Center (members only)
SpaceX scrubs Falcon 9 launch to replace second stage sensor
Falcon 9 launch timeline with GovSat 1
Live coverage: Falcon 9 rocket lifts off with GovSat 1
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched at 4:25 p.m. EST (2125 GMT) Wednesday from Cape Canaveral with the GovSat 1 communications satellite, a military-grade craft to relay signals for Luxembourg and allied nations. SpaceX’s launch team scrubbed an attempt Tuesday to replace a transducer on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket and wait for improved weather conditions.
Luxembourg-backed telecom craft set for launch on reused Falcon 9 rocket
A communications satellite developed in a public-private partnership between Luxembourg government and SES is set for launch Tuesday aboard a previously-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 booster from Cape Canaveral, ready for a 15-year mission beaming encrypted, jam-resistant signals for security and military forces across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.