24/7 Space News
A second pair of SES' O3b mPower satellites launched on a SpaceX rocket
Photo By John and Sarah Howard for C and J Images
A second pair of SES' O3b mPower satellites launched on a SpaceX rocket
by Jennifer Briggs
Space Coast FL (SPX) Apr 29, 2023

A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched two communication satellites, O3b mPower 3 and 4, and is now just one launch away from launching SES' next-generation broadband constellation in medium Earth orbit (MEO).

Falcon 9 lifted off Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Space Launch Complex-40 (SLC-40), at 6:12 p.m. EDT (2212 GMT) on Friday.

O3b is an acronym that stands for "Other 3 Billion" and refers to the billions of people who do not have access to dependable internet connectivity.

The Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite constellation O3b mPower was built by Boeing and is owned and operated by a Luxembourg-based satellite telecommunications network provider, SES. O3b mPower is a successor to the O3b fleet, built by Thales Alenia Space nearly a decade ago.

It will be made up of 11 next-generation high-throughput satellites that will operate in MEO, roughly 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) above the Earth, which will provide low-latency communications services to customers around the world.

It will now take roughly six months for their onboard electric propulsion system to gradually boost their orbits until they individually reach the constellation's anticipated operational equatorial orbit.

About nine minutes after liftoff on the O3b mission, the Falcon 9's first stage booster landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

Related Links
Rocket Science News at Space-Travel.Com

Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters

The following news reports may link to other Space Media Network websites.
SpaceX aborts Starlink launch at last second, delays Falcon Heavy mission
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 26, 2023
The SpaceX Starlink mission to send 46 Internet communications satellites into low Earth orbit was delayed again on Wednesday and will try again on Thursday. The first attempt was scrubbed Tuesday morning just before the latest attempt on Wednesday from the Vandenberg Space Station in California on a reusable Falcon 9 rocket. "Standing down from today's Falcon 9 launch of Starlink; vehicle remains healthy," the company announced. Mission commanders called for a hold and aborted th ... read more

NASA selects Emily Nelson as Chief Flight Director

Join the webinar on Accessibility in Human Spaceflight

Voyager will do more science with new power strategy

Creating new and better drugs with protein crystal growth experiments on the ISS

SpaceX aborts Starlink launch at last second, delays Falcon Heavy mission

Conservation groups sue US regulator over SpaceX launches

A second pair of SES' O3b mPower satellites launched on a SpaceX rocket

Falcon Heavy launches massive GEO satellite for Viasat

Examining a Potential Drill Spot: Sols 3817-3818

Just a Little Scoot: Sols 3814-3816

Sols 3812-3813: Tiny Sticks Poking Out at Us

Alberta researcher to help select samples to bring back from Mars

Final frontier is no longer alien

China to promote space science progress on five themes

China to develop satellite constellation for deep space exploration

China's space missions break new ground

Viper and T-Rex on double rocket launch

ESA recruiting for key divisional directors

CGI to extend machine learning to LEO satellite network optimisation

Latest two O3b mPOWER satellites successfully launched for SES

Astra announces spacecraft engine contract with Apex

Deep-learning system explores materials' interiors from the outside

Innovative NASA alloy used for 3D printed rocket

Heed the reed: thatcher scientist on mission to revive craft

A stormy, active sun may have kickstarted life on Earth

Webb finds water vapor, but from a rocky planet or its star

Scientists discover rare element in exoplanet's atmosphere

Can ET detect us

Juice's first taste of science from space

New video series captures team working on NASA's Europa Clipper

Work continues to deploy Juice RIME antenna

Icy Moonquakes: Surface Shaking Could Trigger Landslides

Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2023 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.