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.
Next landing attempt will be 3rd launch from now. Tonight's flight and following one will not have enough propellant.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2015
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.