SpaceX is preparing for Monday night's rocket launch from Cape Canaveral.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 is set to launch from the Florida Space Coast, carrying a commercial high-speed broadband satellite for Inmarsat PLC. Another peculiarity is that SpaceX won't recover this Falcon 9 after takeoff. Monday's flight was the second this year in which a landing was ruled out by the weight and orbital requirements of the satellite payload. Weighing in at 13,417 pounds (6,086 kilograms), the rocket will use up most of its fuel to push the payload beyond the pull of Earth's gravity, not leaving enough for a landing attempt.
Since then, the California-based company has also won two contracts to launch Global Positioning System satellites for the U.S. Air Force.
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The satellite is meant to provide additional high-speed broadband capacity for users of London-based satellite communications firm Inmarsat's Global Xpress network. After tonight, a seventh launch could come just two weeks later at the beginning of June, a cargo supply mission to the International Space Station.
Subscribe to Times of San Diego's free daily email newsletter! . This satellite, known as the I-5 F4, is the fourth satellite in the company's fifth-generation fleet of satellites. It is hoped that latest satellite will increase the load handling capacity and bring succor if one of the three satellites was having trouble. The rocket's launch follows the critical static hot-fire test that was successfully completed last May 11. "In maritime, our system is actually integrated". If the upcoming event is successful, SpaceX can make a recovery in the eyes of its critics.
The National Reconnaissance Office bought SpaceX's launch services via a contract with Ball Aerospace, a Colorado-based satellite and instrument builder. It was the sixth of more than 20 missions SpaceX plans to fly this year. The payload is too heavy.