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SpaceX Successfully Launches Rocket Carrying 2 Communications Satellites

On Sunday, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying two communication satellites was successfully launched into space.

On Sunday night, SpaceX launched two communication satellites into space.

Liftoff for the SpaceX Falcon 9 went as scheduled at 10:50 p.m. from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The two satellites are deployed 30 minutes after liftoff.

Once released, the satellites employ electrically-powered engines instead of liquid fuel to reach their final posts.

The satellites designed by by Boeing are lightweight in comparison to traditional spacecraft’s that carry large fuel tanks, according to Space Flight Now.

The free space allows the satellites to have extra communications capacities, which relay video, data, government, and mobile services across the world.

Falcon 9 is set to make a soft landing into the sea after releasing the communications satellites into space.

SpaceX has attempted to land a used booster on a barge several times in the past, because if successful it would be a huge cost-saving measure for future space travel.

The company was not attempting the barge landing because it needed extra fuel to launch the satellites, SpaceX told the Orlando Sentinel.

Elon Musk, who is CEO and CTO of SpaceX, said on Twitter that Sunday’s and the following launch would not attempt a landing:

Reason is hard left turn needed for orbit plane change to equatorial. Nothing to react against in space, so can only turn under thrust.

— elonmusk (@Elon Musk)

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