SpaceX's Falcon 9 launches Indonesian satellite

SpaceX launch

SpaceX launch

In 2008, SpaceX's Falcon 1 was the first privately-developed liquid fuel rocket to reach the Earth's orbiot and this launch was followed up with the Falcon 1 flight 5, the first of its kind to deliver a commercial satellite to our planet's orbit.

SpaceX launched Block 5 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Its primary objective is to launch a 5.8-ton satellite called Merah Putih meant to improve telecommunications in Indonesia, India, and much of Southeast Asia.

The satellite is expected to be in service for 15 or more years.

SpaceX successfully landed the rocket's first stage for a second time on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic Ocean. Due to SpaceX's success in this area, it is becoming one of the most valuable venture-backed startups in the US.

The launch marked the first time that the Falcon 9's new "Block 5" booster had been recycled following the improved rocket's maiden launch on May 11.

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Complex 40 launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Aug. 7, 2018.

Today's launch was the third SpaceX mission in 16 days, and the company's 15th launch of the year overall.

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SpaceX's goal is the rapid reusability of its rockets to drive down the cost of launches.

Liftoff came on time at 1:19 a.m. ET Tuesday (10:19 p.m. PT Monday) after a trouble-free countdown at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The Merah Putih satellite launched Tuesday will provide C-band telecommunications services over Indonesia and India. Space Systems Loral of Palo Alto, California, built the satellite ahead of schedule, according to Telkom Indonesia.

The new satellite will replace the aging Telkom 1 satellite, which has been in operation since 1999. The spacecraft will be positioned in geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles (nearly 36,000 kilometers) over the equator at 108 degrees east longitude.

"Satellite plays a vital role in our telecommunications infrastructure", said Zulhelfi Abidin, chief technology officer of Telkom Indonesia, in a press release earlier this year.

With the third reuse now explicitly on the table for B1046 "later this year", Falcon 9 has broken a two-launch ceiling that long loomed over its older predecessors.

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