SpaceX launched a commercial communications satellite and a rocket into the sea on Wednesday (June 29).
The two-phase Falcon 9 was unveiled at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Wednesday at 5:04 pm EDT (2104 GMT), with SES-22 communications satellite orbit.
About 8.5 minutes after the launch, the first phase of the Falcon 9 returned to Earth to be directly affected by SpaceX drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas, which stood on the Atlantic Ocean.
It was the second launch and arrival of this first phase of the Falcon 9, which had previously helped to upgrade SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites, SpaceX said in a press release.
The Falcon 9 platform, on the other hand, continued to pull the SES-22 toward the geosynchronous transmission line, eventually sending the satellite there 33.5 minutes away as planned.
A Luxembourg telephone company, SES, will use the SES-22. In an email,” satellite “will bring T.V. and radio to millions of American homes and provide other important data transmission services,” SES representatives wrote.
“SES-22 is expected to come into effect in early August 2022,” they added.
The launch of SES-22 was the 27th year in SpaceX and the 161st flight of the Falcon 9. And it was the first of two scheduled raises from American soil within eight hours of each other. SES-22 will be followed by “Straight Up,” a seven-satellite campaign Virgin Orbit plans to launch from Mojave Air and Space Port in southeastern California.
“Straight Up” is scheduled to take off in the middle of the window opening at 1 am. EDT (0500 GMT) Thursday (June 30). You can view that campaign – which will use LauncherOne, a rocket that burns to a high point after being hit by a carrier – here at Space.com when the time comes.