Falcon 9 Carried Heaviest Load Ever in Successful SpaceX Launch

Posted May 16, 2017

When the third satellite was launched in 2015, Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce said his company was switching to SpaceX because of the "unacceptably high failure rate" of Russia's Proton rockets.

SpaceX is targetting the launch of a "behemoth" commercial communications satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre on Monday. This launch however, was special as it saw Falcon 9 lift its heaviest payload till date.

In the future, such a heavy payload will likely be carried by the company's Falcon Heavy rocket, now in production.

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The London-based mobile satellite communications company that owns the satellite on board tweeted a few pictures on Sunday of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The next blast off is scheduled for two weeks from now on June 1, when yet another Falcon 9 will venture into space to restock supplies for the International Space Station.

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In any case, the Falcon 9's second stage fired twice to reach a so-called "super synchronous" elliptical orbit and the Inmarsat-5 satellite was safely released to fly on its own.

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The Inmarsat-5 satellite being loaded into the fairing of a Falcon 9. Check back here about 15 minutes prior to takeoff to watch SpaceX's coverage of the launch live. "In maritime, our system is actually integrated".

Despite the considerable amount of skepticism and derision that was directed at SpaceX, the company has been doing better and better over the last two years. It was the sixth of more than 20 missions SpaceX plans to fly this year. Considering the explosions from their 2015 and 2016 launches, the rocket company can not guarantee success for now. With the satellite launching into space, in-flight internet would be significantly improved. The pad was heavily damaged in the September 1 pre-flight mishap but it is expected to be back on line shortly. The rocket in question was carrying a heavy payload in form of a satellite from Inmarsat.

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