KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: A Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched the 4th satellite for the Inmarsat-5 broadband constellation on Monday May 15 2017 at 7:21 PM local time. Due to the weight and intended orbit of the satellite, SpaceX did not attempt to land the Falcon 9 first stage.
Ice falls off the first stage as the Falcon 9 lifts Inmarsat-5F4. Photo: Bill Jelen
Inmarsat is a British-based provider of global mobile satellite communications. Their Global Xpress (GX) constellation is the world’s first globally available, broadband connectivity service and was created to enable communities across the world to benefit from the emerging digital society.
This is the 5th SpaceX launch from historic Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Photo: Michael Seeley
Following satellite separation at 19:53 ET, Inmarsat acquired telemetry from their Perth ground station at 20:04 ET. The launch team from Inmarsat and Boeing Network & Space Systems, the manufacturer of I-5 F4, are now raising the spacecraft to a geostationary orbit, at which point the satellite will deploy its solar arrays and reflectors, and undergo payload testing.
The 9 Merlin Engines on the Falcon 9 first stage near the end of their burn. Photo: Mary Ellen Jelen
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