Space X Booster Flies Again - This Time With an Indonesian Satellite

Merah Putih satellite

Merah Putih satellite

For Telkom Indonesia, the launch restores the state-owned operator's fleet back to three satellites after one of its satellites exploded in orbit last August. The spacecraft - whose name translates as "red and white", a reference to the colors of the Indonesian flag - will become part of the network run by PT Telkom Indonesia, the nation's largest telecommunications provider.

Equipped with 60 transponders, Satelit Merah Putih will support the existing Telkom 2 and Telkom 3S satellites to provide services for customers in Indonesia and foreign countries amid rising demand. "The satellite is expected to have a service lifetime of 15 or more years", SpaceX representatives wrote in a mission description. Just nine minutes later, the rocket's first stage made a successful landing on the "Of course I still love you' drone ship aba coast, according to CNBC".

The Falcon 9's first stage dropped out of the night sky a few minutes later over the Atlantic Ocean, descending to a pinpoint landing on SpaceX's drone ship "Of Course I Still Love" parked a few hundred miles east of Cape Canaveral.

SpaceX has successfully launched its previously used Block 5 variant of its Falcon 9 rocket.

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Complex 40 launch pad as seen through a time exposure in Cape Canaveral, Fla., early Tuesday. Ahead of the debut launch of the Falcon 9 Block 5, Elon Musk said that within the next year, he wanted to fly the same vehicle twice in a 24-hour period.

"For instance, its grid fins, which are used for steering the rocket back from space, are made out of titanium, so they won't catch fire on the way back to Earth".




Until now, SpaceX has retired rockets after two launches. The new telecom craft was built by SSL in Palo Alto, California.

The new satellite will replace the aging Telkom 1 satellite, which has been in operation since 1999.

"Satellite plays a vital role in our telecommunications infrastructure", said Zulhelfi Abidin, chief technology officer of Telkom Indonesia, in a press release earlier this year.

SpaceX's latest Falcon 9 booster should return to Port Canaveral within three or four days, and will then undergo inspections to determine its fitness for a third launch. A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket is readying to launch NASA's $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe mission to study the sun, targeting a 3:48 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, liftoff from Launch Complex 37.

SpaceX is planning around 30 missions in 2018, up from a record of 18 in 2017.

APT Satellite of Hong Kong has an agreement to use capacity on Telstar 18 VANTAGE, which is also known as Apstar 5C.

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