Elon Musk’s owned SpaceX has launched its Falcon 9 rocket into the starry moonlit sky of Thursday. The rocket, carrying a communication satellite successfully took wing to the Moon. After strong wind had delayed the earlier scheduled launch mission on Tuesday, the US-based space company re-scheduled the mission to Thursday.
The almost 23-chronicle rocket Falcon 9, powered by nine Merlin 1D engine, ignited and lifted off from NASA’s historic Launch Pad 39A, located at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Thursday, sharp at 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT), the Falcon 9 rocket, carrying commercial television broadcast satellite ignited and blasted off from the launch pad and turned towards east and roared skyward on top of 1.7 million pounds of driving force. Earlier the launch, due to the concerns of re-arrival of high winds, SpaceX postponed the take off of the fiery orange rocket 25 minutes afterward on Thursday. Strong winds also hold back the previous launch attempt of the same rocket on Tuesday.
After the successful launch, around 2:35 a.m. EDT, SpaceX confirmed the successful launch on Tweeter. In its tweet, the US-based company confirmed the victorious deployment of the EchoStar 23 satellite via Falcon 9 rocket into the geosynchronous transfer orbit.
The EchoStar Corporation powered the commercial television broadcasting satellite called EchoStar 23. The combined weight of the EchoStar 23 satellite loaded atop the Falcon 9 rocket was nearly 12,345 pounds or 5,600 kilograms at the time of launch. The satellite was designed by the California-based manufacturer Space Systems/Loral and after becoming operational; the satellite will transmit broadcasting signals to Brazil.
As declared by Elon Musk-owned SpaceX in its previous press release, the rocket will out the EchoStar 23 satellite into the geosynchronous transfer orbit, located some 35,000 kilometers on the top of the earth. The communication satellite, owned by EchoStar Corporation is intended to deliver superfast and high-end telecommunications service to Brazil.