This morning SpaceX successfully launched the latest Flacon 9 rocket into space, taking Inmarsat’s latest satellite into a geostationary orbit.
It is the fourth satellite within Inmarsat’s broadband communications network, called the Inmarsat 5 F4, which has been developed as part of a $1.6 billion initiative that they named Global Xpress and will be used to connect aircraft, ships, and mobile users with worldwide Ka-band broadband.
SpaceX took this 6.7-ton satellite on the first leg of it’s journey to a circular geostationary orbit 22,300 miles over the equator, pushing it there above their Falcon 9 booster, which used nine Merlin 1D main engines to push it as far into space as it can with a total of 1.7 million pounds of thrust.
This all happened from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 11:21 GMT, which was pretty much exactly on time.
Unfortunately, because of the mission, they were unable to land the second stage of the Falcon 9 this time.
In case you missed it, you can check out the replay of the launch below.