SpaceX Rocket Launch Today – SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket delivers EchoStar XXIII, a commercial communications satellite for EchoStar Corporation, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).
SpaceX is targeting launch of EchoStar XXIII from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The satellite will be deployed approximately 34 minutes after launch.
SpaceX will not attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage after launch due to mission requirements.
EchoStar XXIII is a highly flexible, Ku-band broadcast satellite services (BSS) satellite with four main
reflectors and multiple sub-reflectors supporting multiple mission profiles. Initial commercial
deployment of EchoStar XXIII will be at 45° West, and the Satellite End of Life (EOL) Power is 20 kilowatts
EchoStar operates the world’s fourth-largest commercial geosynchronous fleet, with 25 satellites.
Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer
in secure communications technologies through its EchoStar Satellite Services, EchoStar Technologies
and Hughes Network Systems business segments.
EchoStar Satellite Services (ESS) is an industry-leading provider of satellite communications solutions,
video distribution, data communications and backhaul services to meet the needs of media and
broadcast organizations, direct-to-home providers, enterprise customers and government service
Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center has a long and storied history dating
back to the early 1960s. Originally built to support the Apollo program, LC-39A supported the first
Saturn V launch (Apollo 4), and many subsequent Apollo missions, including Apollo 11 in July 1969.
Beginning in the late 1970s, LC-39A was modified to support Space Shuttle launches, hosting the first
and last shuttle missions to orbit in 1981 and 2011 respectively.
In 2014, SpaceX signed a 20-year lease with NASA for the use of historic Launch Complex 39A. Since
then, the company has made significant upgrades to modernize the pad’s structures and ground
systems, while also preserving its important heritage. Extensive modifications to LC-39A have been
made to support launches of both commercial and crew missions on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy
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