SpaceX majoring to second stage, launches two satellites with Falcon 9 rocket
SpaceX seems to be impressing the entire world with its blazing fast development in space exploration. It has been trying to be the Apple of the space science by trying to improve substantially, compared to others.
Now the Elon Muk led space giant has come out with another impressive feat by launching launching two satellites with just one rocket. Though it is nothing new but for Spacexâ€™s Falcon 9 rocket it was the first dual launch.
The company that wants to become a serious space market player in the years to come launched its Falcon 9 rocket for the third time this year. The rocket launched two communication satellites on Sunday, March 1, that will enter geosynchronous orbits. The two satellites that were launched by the company included Asia Broadcast Satellite ABS-3A and a Eutelsat 115 West B.
Both the satellites, according to reports, have been manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems, with designs based on the companyâ€™s BSS-702P bus, and both are replacing older satellites that have exceeded their lifespans. In the meantime the new Eutelsat satellite has 46 transponders to improve better and more widespread coverage of rural areas in the US, including parts of Alaska, and Canada.
A Spacex press release said that its Falcon 9 was launched at 10:50 PM EST on Sunday from Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 40. Reports claim that to minimize the amount of fuel being used, the rocket will release the satellites in a super-synchronous orbit and will avoid fuel-heavy orbit raising efforts.