SpaceX launches Falcon 9 carrying Israel's AMOS-17 satellite
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (Sputniuk) Aug 08, 2019
US carrier rocket Falcon 9 loaded with Israeli AMOS-17 communication satellite successfully lifted off from a space center in Florida, spacecraft manufacturer SpaceX said on Wednesday.
"Falcon 9 launches AMOS-17 off Pad 40 in Florida, marking this booster's third flight and SpaceX's 25th reflight of an orbit class rocket," the company said on Twitter.
The rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 23:24 GMT on Tuesday.
Amos-17 is set to replace Amos-5 satellite launched in 2011. Communication with Amos-5 was lost in 2015. Amos-17, built by Boeing, will provide Ka, Ku and C-band signal transmission and expand Israeli communications satellite operator Spacecom's coverage in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Source: RIA Novosti
SpaceX tests next-gen rocket Starhopper in Texas, builds in Florida
Orlando FL (UPI) Jul 30, 2019
SpaceX is marching on with tests of its next-generation Starship rocket and spacecraft, with test fires in Texas and construction in Florida. Company founder Elon Musk tweeted video showing a test on Thursday of a prototype for the new system, called Starhopper, at the company's facility in Boca Chica, Texas. The test was a short launch, or hop, that lifted the Starhopper a few dozen meters into the air, untethered. The company is testing how its new engine, the Raptor, will work with the new Sta ... read more
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