SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 with the Qatari satellite

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, sending the Es'hail-2 satellite into space.

Qatari satellite company Es hail Sat will provide a signal transmission in the middle East, North Africa and Europe.

The mission got underway at 3:46 p.m. EST (GMT-5) with ignition of the booster's nine Merlin 1D engines, generating a brilliant burst of fiery exhaust and a billowing cloud of steam from water sprayed on the launch stand to cool the structure and lessen the acoustic shock of engine ignition. I've also embedded the video below. This mission will see the Es'hail-2 satellite being sent off into orbit, a satellite that will be providing telecommunications services for the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to offering Ku-band capacity to support the growing 25.5?E / 26.0°E broadcast neighbourhood, Es'hail-2 also features multi-transponder Ka-band capacity with sophisticated anti-jamming capabilities providing business and government sectors with secure communications across the Mena region.

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An artist's impression of the Es'hail 2 communications satellite in orbit.

The rocket and its payload hit a succession of milestones within minutes of takeoff, including first and second stage separation, as well as the release of the payload fairings. The rocket reusability is a breakthrough needed to reduce the cost of access to space and enable people to live on other planets, according to SpaceX. During the booster's final moments of its return, the engined reignited to, allowing the four legs of the booster to be deployed at the base of the rocket. Since May, all launches by SpaceX and United Launch Alliance have taken place late at night or predawn hours. This brings SpaceX's number of successful landings up to 31. A few minutes after launch, SpaceX landed the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage onto its floating barge.

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