Cape Canaveral, March 16: Today the SpaceX successfully launched a communication satellite EchoStar XXIII into the space from spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. This commercial communication satellite will provide telecommunication services to Brazil with an estimated service life of 15 years.
The Falcon 9 rocket carrying EchoStar XXIII satellite blasted off at 2 a.m today from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Approximately 30 minutes after launch, the satellite was deployed in its intended orbit.
This was SpaceX's second and the final launch from the historic Space Shuttle and Apollo launch site. The site to take off from the moon's hot pad 39 where most of the Apollo missions began where astronauts like Neil Armstrong flew to the moon from this spot nearly a half-century ago.
“We truly have a tremendous team here on the Space Coast and it’s my honor to be a part of this mission supporting the commercial space industry,” said Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander and Launch Decision Authority for this mission.
EchoStar XXIII is a highly flexible, Ku-band broadcast satellite services (BSS) satellite with four main reflectors and multiple sub-reflectors supporting multiple mission profiles. Initial commercial deployment of EchoStar XXIII will provide direct-to-home television broadcast services to Brazil for the next 15 years. Colorado-based EchoStar operates the world’s fourth-largest commercial geosynchronous fleet with 25 satellites.