SpaceX Launches Communications Satellite on 2nd-Ever Flight

The last launch of a block 5 Falcon 9 was on May 11, 2018.

It is now SpaceX's go-to rocket, with another rapid-fire launch on tap Wednesday with a different Falcon 9 to boost 10 Iridium NEXT satellite telephone relay stations into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

This will be the second launch of a block 5 first stage which is created to be launched and landed up to 10 times without refurbishment.

The rocket company will now be attempting to land and reuse all the rockets it launches.

The block 5 debuted in June, along with an upgraded version of the rocket's second stage. "In a few weeks, Telesat will again be working with SpaceX for the launch of our next satellite, Telstar 18 VANTAGE over Asia".

Earlier, about eight-and-a-half minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9's first-stage booster dropped to a tail-first landing on legs on the deck of a SpaceX ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

The rocket delivers to orbit Telstar 19 Vantage, Canadian communication satellite created to transmit a broadband signal to North and South America, - The Press office of the SpaceX reports.

Thus far, SpaceX has not yet relaunched a Block 5 rocket, which makes sense, given that only two successful launches have been completed thus far. The 19-V is the first of two spacecraft owned by Telesat, a telecom satellite operator based on Ottawa.

As previously announced, Hughes Network Systems LLC (Hughes) has signed a 15-year agreement for Telstar 19 VANTAGE Ka-band capacity that Hughes will utilize to expand its broadband satellite services for consumers and businesses in five South American countries.

Telesat 19V will be used for broadband satellite services to Brazil (from 63 degrees West), and the northern Canadian territory of Nunavut. SpaceX now holds a lease for the Cape Canaveral launch site, in an agreement with NASA, that allows it to operate commercial and government launches.

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