The launch vehicle Falcon 9 with the communications satellite Inmarsat-5 F4
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Private space company SpaceX Elon musk launched its Falcon 9 with the communications satellite Inmarsat-5 F4 on Board, which should provide Wi-Fi to passengers of aircraft and ships. The spacecraft was successfully launched into orbit
American private space company SpaceX conducted a successful launch of the carrier rocket Falcon 9 with the communications satellite Inmarsat-5 F4, which will provide aircraft with Wi-Fi on Board. A live video is the official website SpaceX.
A 70-meter carrier rocket Falcon 9 launched at 02:21 MSK from Baikonur, located at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Three minutes after the start was off the main engine and the separation of the first stage, and later successfully passed out the second engine, after which the satellite is moved into the phase of its deployment, and moved to the intermediate geostationary orbit. The spacecraft will be at a height of 35.7 thousand km above the Earth.
According to TechCrunch, almost semitones communication satellite was the largest to date goods ever displayed the Falcon 9 into orbit. That is why, the newspaper notes, the space, the company has decided not to test in this mission is returning the first stage booster on Land.
Telecommunications satellite Inmarsat-5 F4 with a total weight of 6.7 t will be the fourth in the global system Global Xpress, which should provide ultra-fast broadband access on land, at sea and in the air. In particular, the new satellite network will provide wireless Internet connection for passengers of aircraft and ships.