A new SpaceX launch is on the menu for today.
SpaceX plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket today, delivering two commercial communications satellites to Geostationary Transfer Orbits (GTO). The two satellites, Eutelsat 117 West B and ABS-2A, are operated respectively by Eutelsat and ABS.
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Update: Launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 went as planned. The Falcon 9 Stage 2 landing on the droneship has probably failed. Read the latest updates.
The 45-min launch window opens at 10:29am ET, 2:29pm UTC. The Falcon 9 is ready for launch at the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
SpaceX will attempt again an experimental landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship after the stage separation. The landing on a droneship has worked already two times. Elon Musk's space company cautions that the landing will be difficult due to extreme velocities and re-entry heating.
The two satellites SpaceX is shooting into orbit are made by Boeing Satellite and feature each 38 transponders and 4 dedicated Ku-band transmitters.
Eutelsat 117 West B will be the second new generation electric satellite in Eutelsat Americas’ fleet and will strengthen the video capacities and offer key services to Latin America clients in the field of telecommunications and government services.
ABS-2A will be the second of the pair of the innovative all electric propulsion satellites. ABS-2A will serve Africa, MENA, Russia, South Asia and South East Asia regions with video and key communications services at 75°E.
SpaceX will live webcast the June 15 mission on Youtube. You can watch below.
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