SpaceX launched its famous Falcon 9 rocket on Monday, December 16th, marking the expedition the 13th carried out by the spacecraft. This is the third time the vehicle has been used; this time loaded with a heavyweight communications satellite that’s set to be sent into the orbit.
Providing Internet for 25 Countries
The space company carried on the launch from the Space Launch Complex 40 located at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, at 7:10 p.m EST (00:10 GMT). The two-stage rocket carried the JCSAT 18/Kacific -1 commercial communications satellite, which weighs 15,335 lbs (6,956 kilograms) and is set to provide Ka-band internet coverage to 25 countries located in the South Pacific area.
The Boeing-built satellite was programmed to maneuver itself to a specific area into geostationary orbit, about 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers) above the equator. This particular spot will enable it to provide continual coverage to the Asia-Pacific region.
“Kacific-1 will deliver high-speed broadband services to previously unserved or under-served people in nations where populations are widely dispersed, and therefore expensive to connect,” officials said in a news release.”
“Many of these nations are archipelagos or have rugged mountain ranges and large rural territories, making satellite technology the best – and sometimes only – way to connect to the internet and phone networks,” they reported.
A Successful Mission
The services offered by the newly released probe will be incredibly beneficial to health and education workers living in provinces and villages located in the targeted area. Moreover, it will allow access to important communications channels, as this specific region is often pillaged by horrible natural disasters, like tsunamis and earthquakes.
The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket took place three days after SpaceX fire-tested the vehicle’s booster. With two prior missions completed, namely the CRS-17 and CRS-18 cargo resupply expeditions to the International Space Station (ISS), the Falcon 9 rocket now boasts a total of 13 flights to space.