SpaceX launches SES-22 communications satellite, lands rocket at sea
It was SpaceX's 27th liftoff of the year.
On Wednesday, SpaceX launched a commercial communications satellite and successfully touched down a rocket on a ship at sea (June 29).
The SES-22 communication satellite was launched into space by a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday at 5:04 p.m. EDT (2104 GMT) from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
The Falcon 9's first stage precisely landed on the SpaceX droneship A Shortfall of Gravitas, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, around 8.5 minutes after liftoff.
According to a mission description from SpaceX, it was the second launch and landing for this Falcon 9 first stage,
Falcon 9 first stage, which had previously assisted in launching a number of the company's Starlink internet satellites
While everything was going on, the upper stage of the Falcon 9 kept launching SES-22 toward a geosynchronous transfer orbit, where it was successfully deployed 33.5 minutes after launch.
The telecom corporation SES, based in Luxembourg, will run SES-22. According to SES spokespeople
the satellite "would broadcast TV and radio to millions of American homes and provide other essential data transfer services."
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