CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Launching within the early-morning hours of July 22, 2018, SpaceX’s Block 5 Falcon 9 despatched the Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite tv for pc into space. This was the second flight of the newest model of the corporate’s rocket.
Liftoff took place at 1:50 a.m. EDT (05:50 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 40. There was a 40 % likelihood of unfavorable climate occurring in the course of the four-hour launch window. However, “no go” circumstances stayed away and the flight befell on time originally of the window.
After the Falcon 9’s 9 first stage Merlin 1D engines ignited, their mixed 1.7 million kilos (7,600 kilonewtons) of thrust propelled the car off the pad to ship its 15,600-pound (7,076-kilogram) payload skyward.
About 2.5 minutes later, having competed its job, the primary stage separated from the stack. It continued on a parabolic trajectory, performing a sequence of burns alongside the best way, to land on the drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You,” downrange within the Atlantic Ocean.
Meanwhile the second stage continued powering towards orbit with its single Merlin Vacuum engine, which ignited seconds after stage separation. About eight.5 minutes after leaving Florida, the stage and its payload reached a low-Earth parking orbit. Then 18 minutes later its engine re-ignited for about 50 seconds to lift the excessive level of its orbit, reaching a geostationary switch orbit.
After a mission elapsed time of about 33 minutes, Telstar 19 VANTAGE was deployed from the rocket. The satellite tv for pc will use onboard propulsion to circularize its orbit some 22,300 miles (35,900 kilometers)—geostationary orbit—and transfer into the orbital slot at 63 levels west to supply communications protection between northern Canada and South America.
Photos courtesy of Scott Schilke and Graham Smith of SpaceFlight Insider’s visible crew.