Rocket Launch: SpaceX Falcon 9 EchoStar 23Mar 16, 2017 02:00 AM Kennedy Space Center SpaceX Falcon 9 EchoStar 23
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is launching from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A carrying the EchoStar 23 communications satellite for EchoStar Corporation. EchoStar 23 will provide television broadcast services over Brazil with an estimated service life of 15 years. SpaceX will not attempt to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket.
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Falcon 9 is SpaceX’s two-stage rocket manufactured to successfully transport satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. Currently the only rocket fully designed and developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 delivers payloads to space aboard the Dragon spacecraft or inside a composite fairing. With a minimal number of separation events and nine first-stage Merlin engines, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is designed so that even if two of the engines shut down, the rocket can still operate. Falcon 9’s first stage incorporates nine Merlin engines and aluminum-lithium alloy tanks containing liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1) propellant. The second stage, powered by a single Merlin vacuum engine, delivers Falcon 9’s payload to the desired orbit. In 2012, SpaceX became the first commercial space company to rendezvous with the International Space Station utilizing Dragon and Falcon 9. Although these flights have not transported crew, SpaceX is working toward their goal of transporting astronauts to space in Crew Dragon.