SpaceX Launches Israeli Communications Satellite

SpaceX Launches Israeli Communications Satellite

SpaceX launched the AMOS-17 communications satellite for Israeli company Spacecom from Florida on Tuesday evening despite an unfavorable weather outlook.

This was the third and final flight for this particular Falcon 9 first stage, having previously supported the Telstar-19 VANTAGE mission in July 2018 and the Es'hail-2 mission in November 2018.

On Thursday, neighboring Launch Complex 41 is set up for an early morning launch carrying a U.S. Air Force communications satellite atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. Concerned about the weather, SpaceX opted to push back tonight's liftoff time to 7:23 p.m. EDT (the original opening of the launch window was 6:53 p.m. EDT). Delays don't mean you lose the whole cost of launch, however - because SpaceX is looking to employ a flexible model, it says that anyone who is delayed "can apply 100 percent of monies paid towards the cost of rebooking on a subsequent mission".

Despite that mishap, Spacecom CEO David Pollack told reporters last week that the company still had confidence in SpaceX, saying they "do a very good job".

Unlike numerous missions that the Hawthorne, California-based company carries out these days, SpaceX did not attempt to recover the rocket's first stage.

More news: Pink tour plane terror as jet crashes in flames
More news: United States stocks claw back lost ground as China stabilises currency
More news: U.S. wants INF-range missiles to be deployed in Asia

The Falcon 9 stands some 230 feet (70 meters) in height and has nine Merlin 1D engines in the first of its two stages. Tuesday's launch was the company's 10th this year. Rocket Lab, for instance, now offers SmallSat launch services at a cost of around $6 million to deploy a 150-kilogram payload into a sun-synchronous orbit.

While SpaceX waits to get its space-tourism business up and running, they've made a decision to focus on non-human cargo.

The Israeli satellite, built by Boeing, was expected to deploy into orbit about 31 minutes after liftoff. Once in orbit, the satellite will provide commercial communication services like television and internet for sub Saharan Africa.

If SpaceX retains this pricing scheme, it will likely undercut much of the SmallSat launch market by a significant margin. If a few operators do need to drop out of a mission, it shouldn't affect the mission's schedule.

Related Articles

  • Delhi loses three former chief ministers in less than a year

    Delhi loses three former chief ministers in less than a year

    India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor. He said that he was "absolutely stunned" adding that he had spoken to her on the phone at 8:50 PM on Tuesday night.
    Smoke-filled British Airways flight makes emergency landing at Valencia

    Smoke-filled British Airways flight makes emergency landing at Valencia

    No BA representative", calimed a third. "The safety of our customers and crew is always our highest priority. Three people were taken to hospital after the incident and each was later discharged. "People crying.
    Victoria's Secret hires its first transgender model, Valentina Sampaio

    Victoria's Secret hires its first transgender model, Valentina Sampaio

    I don't think we should [have trans models]". "I admire and respect their journey to embrace who they really are". The next day Razek apologized , saying his words "came across as insensitive". "It was never about gender.
  • Trump Imposes New Curbs on Venezuela in Bid to Pressure Maduro

    Trump Imposes New Curbs on Venezuela in Bid to Pressure Maduro

    The Trump Administration has been ramping up pressure on Caracas in a bid to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power. Last week, Trump told reporters he was considering a blockade or quarantine of Venezuela.
    'Ready and willing' to do a Brexit deal, Britain tells EU

    'Ready and willing' to do a Brexit deal, Britain tells EU

    However, his kudos as the man who delivered the European Union referendum for Leave may just be enough to see him through. Just what the outcome of such a battle of wills between the executive and the legislature would be is hard to predict.
    Jets trade for Ravens' Lewis to buoy offensive line

    Jets trade for Ravens' Lewis to buoy offensive line

    The Jets are already in decent shape at both left and right guard, with Kelechi Osemele and Brian Winters manning those two spots. During his four-year National Football League career, he played in 20 career games and started 18 of them.
  • How to smartly Read/Reply WhatsApp, Telegram messages with Google Assistant

    How to smartly Read/Reply WhatsApp, Telegram messages with Google Assistant

    Here the assistant will show users a list of text messages received in different apps and will go through it one by one. After Assistant is done reading out the message, it is marked as read and you are given the option to dictate a reply.
    Man City and Juventus reach terms for Joao Cancelo

    Man City and Juventus reach terms for Joao Cancelo

    Juventus directors Pavel Nedved and Fabio Paratici were in London on Sunday to meet with City counterparts and close a deal. In addition to sending Brazil's Danilo the other way, Juventus will also demand a transfer fee for the 25-year-old.
    Alli To Miss Start Of Premier League Season With Injury

    Alli To Miss Start Of Premier League Season With Injury

    However, Stefano Sensi pulled one back for the Italian outfit in the 36 minute. Spurs faced Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup.
  • Canadian police find evidence of teen fugitives on banks of river

    But the RCMP has declined to reveal what the items are, citing the need to "ensure the integrity of the investigation". The team searched underwater on Sunday, but on Monday the RCMP said there would be no further dives.
    OH  shooter kills his sister

    OH shooter kills his sister

    Biehl reiterated Monday that there is no indication that race was a motive in the attack, but the investigation is continuing. Spencer Brickler said a counselor at Bellbrook High School told him that he and his sister were on Connor Betts' hit list.
    Trump proposes tighter gun control tied to immigration reform

    Trump proposes tighter gun control tied to immigration reform

    Investigators have not yet determined the motive for the mass shooting, which left 27 other people wounded. Trump did not explain how the two pieces of legislation might be tied together.