Today SpaceX confirmed that they have successfully completed the static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket that will launch the Inmarsat 5 F4 satellite into space later this week.
They also confirmed the time and date of this launch with a set launch window for 19:20EDT/00:20BST on Monday, May 15th. But before then, here’s a look at that static fire test from earlier today:
Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete—targeting launch of Inmarsat-5 Flight 4 from Pad 39A on Monday, May 15. pic.twitter.com/D0iEXF42pI
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 11, 2017
The satellite will be launched on Monday on top of that Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX’s launch complex 39A site at the Kennedy Space Center, where it will be launched into a geostationary orbit in order to expand Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network, which they use to deliver high-speed broadband connectivity.
They explained more with the following:
“Inmarsat-5 F4 (I-5 F4) will boost the power of our award-winning Global Xpress network, which has been delivering seamless, high-speed broadband connectivity across the world since December 2015.
Like the other three satellites in our fifth generation fleet, I-5 F4 was built by Boeing in El Segundo, California as part of our investment of approximately US$1.6 billion in the first ever global Ka-band service from a single network operator.
Once in geostationary orbit, the satellite will provide additional capacity for Global Xpress users on land, at sea and in the air.”
Should the launch be a success then the satellite is expected to last for about 15 years.
We will be sure to update you as this launch happens in order to provide you with the latest events as they happen.