SpaceX successfully launches Japanese JCSAT-14 Satellite

May 8, 2016 14:08 IST

SpaceX on 6 May 2016 successfully launched the Japanese communications satellite, JCSAT-14 on Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The satellite was place into its intended preliminary geostationary transfer orbit by SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket which was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, US.

The odds of a successful soft-landing were slim due to the mission requirements for the particular launch.

About JCSAT-14 Satellite

• JCSAT-14 is designed to last 15 years needed to be placed into geosynchronous orbit at an altitude of 22000 miles.

• This is much higher than SpaceX’s last launch when they successfully recovered their rocket on a drone ship after sending space station supplies to low earth orbit (LEO) at around 250 miles.

• JCSAT-14 is a satellite from the SKY Perfect JSAT Group, the largest satellite operator in Asia.

• The satellite once in orbit will be used to provide television and communication services.

• This launch was the fourth successful flight for SpaceX so far in 2016.

• SpaceX has completed two successful rocket recoveries on a drone ship and one rocket recovery on a landing pad on stable ground.

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