The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon supply ship lifts off from the launch pad on a resupply mission to the International Space Station on September 21 2014 in Cape Canaveral Florida Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon supply ship lifts off from the launch pad on a resupply mission to the International Space Station, on September 21, 2014 in Cape Canaveral, Florida

Space X Successfully Launches Two Satellites Aboard Falcon Rocket

Both satellites were made by Boeing, and use electric propulsion instead of rocket thrusters for position in orbit. The result is a much lighter spacecraft, making it possible for Space X to make the dual launch.

Space X Successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket into orbit Sunday carrying two satellites for two different companies. The Florida launch was a spectacular sight, leaving behind orange-yellow arc in the sky above.

French satellite operator Eutelsat and Asia Broadcast Satellite teamed up to pay for the launch, according to Forbes, which launched from Space X’s Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 40. 

The Eutelsat satellite will add to the copmpany's network of satellites and provide service to customers from Canada to South America, while the ABS satellite will be used for TV, Internet and cell services for customers all over the world. 

Both satellites were made by Boeing, and use electric propulsion instead of rocket thrusters for position in orbit. The result is a much lighter spacecraft, making it possible for Space X to make the dual launch.

This was the 16th launch, and latest success for Elon Musk’s Space X Falcon 9 rocket. Ultimately, the plan is to reuse the rocket, safely landing back on the launching pad after dispatching its cargo. Doing so would greatly cut costs.

This rocket will not be reused, but Musk tweeted, “Next landing attempt will be 3rd launch from now.”

This was the third launch of the year for Space X. The next launch will be March 21 to deliver the Turkmenistan communication satellite TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat.

 

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