SpaceX to launch satellite, no landing attempt planned

SpaceX Falcon 9 set to carry Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite into space

Under a clear sunset sky, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket streaked into space Monday, boosting a heavy Inmarsat communications satellite into orbit in the California rocket builder's second flight in just two weeks, its sixth so far this year.

SpaceX is targeting twilight thunder with the firms Falcon 9 rocketing skyward from the Florida Space Coast on Monday 15 carrying a commercial High-Speed broadband satellite for London based Inmarsat. SpaceX has lost several Falcon 9 rockets in failed landing attempts.

The Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite tipped the scales at 13,417 pounds, the heaviest satellite yet launched by SpaceX to a geosynchronous transfer orbit.

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Instead, the spent rocket will fall into the Atlantic Ocean, as numerous rocket boosters did before SpaceX and others like Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin led the charge toward reusable rockets.

The satellite will be deployed about 32 minutes after launch and maneuvered into its orbit 35,786 km above earth.

The satellite is the size of a double decker bus.

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Even with a static-fire accident that destroyed a rocket and its payload on September 1, 2016 was the company's most successful year in terms of overall launches with its workhorse Falcon 9 booster. It keeps SpaceX on track with its ideal of two launches every month of 2017.

In fact the Inmarsat 5F4 satellite is so powerful that it has the potential to reach "hundreds of millions of customers" the Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pierce told Universe Today in a post launch interview. A later engine burn successfully put Inmarsat-5 F4 into its proper orbit for spacecraft separation. SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell told Reuters she hoped the company would get to a point where it was launching rockets that regularly in February.

The Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite, built by Boeing, blasted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 7:21 pm (2321 GMT).

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The three previous satellites were launched by a Russian-based company in Kazahkstan.

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