Spacewatch: SpaceX reuses rocket to launch north American satellite

Remigio Civitarese
Октября 13, 2017

Falcon 9 rocket just after lift off, carrying the EchoStar 105/SES 11 satellite.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket rises from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida with the SES-11/Echostar-105 telecommunications satellite. The unmanned Falcon, recycled following a February flight, blasted off with a satellite.

Earlier booster reflights took place in March and June.

SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO).

The dual-mission satellite will be shared by Colorado-based EchoStar and SES, a Luxembourg company. The high-powered communications satellite replaces C-band capacity for AMC-18 and Ku-band capacity for AMC-15 at the 105 degrees West orbital slot. It'll provide Ku-band communication services through EchoStar for commercial and US government customers, as well as high-definition and ultra-high-def video service through SES in the C-band part of the spectrum. It offers comprehensive coverage over North America, including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean.

EchoStar 105 will provide EchoStar Ku-band transponder capacity with coverage of the 50 US states and expanded reach to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean for satellite communications services for the company's enterprise, media and broadcast, and USA government service provider customers. SpaceX is constantly trying to successfully recover as many rockets as possible with minimum damage and Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX, has recently announced that the company is going to use its rockets to colonize Mars.

Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO at SpaceX, "We are pleased to continue working together with SES, a company that strongly supports innovation and SpaceX's proven launch capabilities".

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