SpaceX rocket launches Canadian satellite into orbit

Jan Cross
September 12, 2018

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Rain, lightning and thick clouds delayed the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Florida for over an hour, but Elon Musk's rocket company managed to blast off about 45 minutes after midnight Sunday, sending a heavy communications satellite on its way to orbit.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the Telstar 18V communications satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on September 10, 2018.

Unfortunately for us mere mortals watching it unfold at home, the video feed onboard the first stage cut out just as it landed.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying Telstar 18 Vantage launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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Elon Musk may have had a rocky summer, but that didn't stop SpaceX from another successful launch at Cape Canaveral early Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the Telstar 18V satellite was deployed into orbit above Earth 32 minutes after the launch.

The first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 later completed a landing on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship that is stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, the company confirmed.

"The coverage of Telesat's newest satellite reaches across Asia all the way to Hawaii...enabling direct connectivity between any point in Asia and the Americas", a release stated. The 15,564-pound (7,060 kilograms) satellite, which is only slightly lighter than the Telstar 19V, is the third one to join the Telesat fleet in space and the first one "with coverage over the Asia-Pacific region", SpaceX detailed in the mission overview. The satellite Telstar-18 Vantage will stay in orbit for about 15 years.

At 15,564 lbs, the satellite is the second heaviest communications satellite ever launched and is created to last about 15 years in orbit, Space.com reports.

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