Falcon 9 that was set to launch on 5th of July from Kennedy Space Center of NASA in Florida has successfully started its journey towards space. Falcon 9 will be carrying a huge 14,900 pounds, 229 feet tall, two-stage spacecraft called as Intelsat 35e. The motivation behind launching this nine-engine satellite is to support the wireless communications, trans-Atlantic data postponements along with broadcasting of television signals.
The first stage of the rocket consists of the fuel made up of kerosene. Its first stage will be traveling with the speed of sound after it crosses the stratosphere of the earth’s atmosphere. After the launch, the booster of the satellite was made to fall in the Atlantic Ocean. The satellite will be made to settle in the geostationary orbit of the Earth’s equator.
This is going to be the first heavily weighted space satellite of SpaceX. The upper Merlin engine of the rocket was fired twice that set it into the elliptical-shaped orbit located at a distance of 26,700 miles from the surface of Earth, said SpaceX’s chief executive, Elon Musk. A camera is situated at the upper stage of Falcon that gives the entire view of a rear portion of the satellite.
It was a proud moment for SpaceX’s team as this was the 12th satellite launched from Falcon 9 rocket. It launched its previous rocket two later earlier from Vandenberg Air Force Base located in California. The satellite was launched to place the data relay and Iridium voice satellite into space. Intelsat 35e was prepared to launch on Sunday but it underwent some technical and software issues, hence, it got delayed until Wednesday.
The launch of Sunday was unsuccessful as the avionics system situated at the first stage of the rocket did not tie up with the preprogrammed limit that was set by the software system in a ground record. The hardware components did not need to be changed. They were all OK at their place. Hence, it was launched effortlessly on Wednesday without any delay.