Private aerospace company SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, which launched the Sirius XM SXM-8 communications satellite into Earth orbit. A few minutes after the launch, the first stage of the rocket once again successfully landed on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
The rocket was launched on June 6 at 00:26 US East Coast time (07:26 Moscow time) from the launch site at Cape Canaveral. For SpaceX, this launch is already the 18th this year. Approximately nine minutes after launch, the first stage of the launch vehicle successfully landed on a special floating platform called Just Read The Instructions.
Note that SpaceX, as part of this mission, successfully landed the first stage for the 87th time. In addition, SpaceX carried out a second launch in three days from Cape Canaveral. On Thursday, the Dragon spacecraft departed into space, carrying several tons of cargo for the crew of the International Space Station. This spacecraft successfully docked with the orbital station on Saturday.
As for the current launch, the Falcon 9 has put into orbit the SXM-8 satellite weighing 7 tons. It will be used to broadcast satellite radio to Sirius XM customers in the US, Canada and the Caribbean. This is the second massive SXM satellite to be launched into SpaceX’s orbit. The previous 7-ton SXM-7 was launched into space last December.
The SXM-7 satellite was never put into operation, and the company has already declared it lost, and also received $ 225 million in insurance compensation covering the launch and the first year of operation of the device. According to reports, Sirius XM intends to build and launch into orbit another such satellite, which should replace the SXM-7.
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