Three Global Xpress satellites are already in orbit providing global broadband for mobile customers, and the fourth one set for launch by SpaceX on Monday is the next step in expanding the service.
SpaceX launched the Inmarsat-5 Flight 4 commercial satellie ino geosationary orbit from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, sending 13,448 pounds of payload into orbit around the Earth. According to Florida Today, SpaceX originally planned to launch it using its upcoming Falcon Heavy rocket, but scheduling concerns dictated switching to the smaller Falcon 9. The satellite that SpaceX is launching, called Inmarsat-5 F4, is larger than a double-decker bus and weighs almost 13,500 pounds.
The rocket will carry a massive telecoms satellite for the British company Inmarsat, which will be added to Inmarsat's network of satellites already in space that beam broadband internet to ships at sea and airplanes that provide in-air Wi-Fi.
The delay cost SpaceX a second launch contract with London-based Inmarsat, which instead hired European competitor Arianespace for a mission now slated to fly in late June aboard an Ariane 5 rocket.
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Although he'll get a chance to apply to be reinstated again in the fall, there's not much time for his situation to change. Gordon was suspended for two games in 2013, 10 games in 2014, all 16 games in 2015 and the first four games in 2016.
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SpaceX's Falcon 9 is tuning out to be a real work-horse.
"Satellite deployment success!" Inmarsat announced. SpaceX has recovered 10 first stage boosters in 15 attempts over the past two years. If the upcoming event is successful, SpaceX can make a recovery in the eyes of its critics. The company plans to use pad 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station primarily for commercial payloads and to reserve pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center for the Falcon Heavy, Dragon space station resupply flights and launches of crew ferry ships being created to carry astronauts to and from the space station.
The launch was actually suppose to take place with a Falcon Heavy.