Video: SpaceX successfully launches Intelsat 35e satellite

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Wednesday evening, SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Intelsat 35e communications satellite from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

The rocket was launched from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, which was originally built during the early 1960s to support the Apollo program, and then later modified for space shuttle launches. In 2014, SpaceX signed a 20-year lease with NASA to use Launch Complex 39A, making significant upgrades to the launch pad to support the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles.

The launch was previously scheduled for July 3, but was delayed due to weather concerns and then a violation of abort criteria. On Wednesday, the launch proceeded smoothly, with the rocket launching on schedule at 7:38 pm Eastern Time and going through each stage of engine separation and deploying the satellite into orbit without incident. The specific mission requirements meant that the first stage of the Falcon 9 was not recoverable, and so the rocket launched without the landing gear that has been seen on previous SpaceX Falcon launches.

The satellite is “the fourth of the Intelsat EpicNG next-generation high throughput satellites,” according to a SpaceX press release, and designed to deliver higher efficiency and improved reliability even in areas where weather patterns can interfere with the signal.

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he was “really proud of the rocket and SpaceX team today.”

Watch the launch below (video provided by SpaceX):

Photo via SpaceX.

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