Lucky number 13: SpaceX sends Telstar satellite into orbit

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By: Bloomberg |
Published: July 23, 2018 3:45:46 pm


SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the payload from Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida at 1:50 am local time. (Image Source: Bloomberg)

Space Exploration Technologies Corp launched a satellite for customer Telstar early Sunday, marking the 13th launch of the year for the closely-held company led by Elon Musk.

SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the payload from Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida at 1:50 am local time. The satellite was deployed approximately 32 minutes after liftoff and the rocket’s first stage later landed on the droneship named “Of Course I Still Love You” in the Atlantic Ocean, the company said on its website. The satellite, Telstar 19 VANTAGE, will maintain a geosynchronous orbit, and will enter commercial operations once its…

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