A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket is carrying a JCSAT-18 / Kacific-1 commercial communication satellite. Picture: Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via AP
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket is carrying a JCSAT-18 / Kacific-1 commercial communication satellite. Picture: Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via AP

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 rocket carrying communication satellite

By Zhou Zhou Time of article published Dec 17, 2019

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Washington - Private US spaceflight company SpaceX launched a communication satellite on Monday with its Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the state of Florida. 

The JCSAT-18/Kacific1 satellite was lifted off at 7:10 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time (0010 GMT Tuesday) and deployed to a geostationary transfer orbit at approximately 33 minutes after liftoff, according to SpaceX's live broadcast. 

The communication satellite, built by Boeing, was equipped with two payloads: JCSAT-18 and Kacific1, according to SpaceX. JCSAT-18, offering Ku-band coverage, was built for SKY Perfect JSAT, one of the largest providers of pay TV broadcast services in Japan, while Kacific1 is a next-generation geostationary satellite operating in the Ka-band frequency spectrum. 

The two operators shared Boeing's satellite bus to split the costs of construction and launch. Falcon 9's first stage previously supported resupply missions to the International Space Station in May and July. 

The stage landed on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship in the Atlantic Ocean about nine minutes after the liftoffs. 

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 communications satellite jointly owned by SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. of Japan and Kacific Broadband Satellites of Singapore lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Picture: Joe Skipper/Reuters

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 communications satellite jointly owned by SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. of Japan and Kacific Broadband Satellites of Singapore lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Picture: Joe Skipper/Reuters

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