SpaceX launches EchoStar XXIII satellite into space

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SpaceX launches EchoStar XXIII satellite into space

In the early hours of Thursday morning, SpaceX successfully launched a communications satellite for EchoStar. The main objective of this satellite is to provide broadcast services to the country of Brazil as EchoStar is a global provider of video delivery and satellite solutions.

Interestingly, SpaceX didn't even attempt to recover the first stage of its rocket for this launch.

LC39A was the launch site for the Apollo 11 moon mission and for the last space shuttle in 2011. The launch eventually took place on Thursday shortly after 2 a.m. EDT.

So far, SpaceX hasn't yet reused the first stage of a rocket on a subsequent mission. It took off along with a communications satellite for a delivery to an extremely distant orbit. But ULA, the Boeing-Lockheed joint venture formed in 2006 that was the only company certified to launch such missions with its Atlas and Delta rockets, decided not to submit a bid.

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April will be a busier time for SpaceX, with up to four launches provisionally scheduled, two for private companies and two for US government agencies, all using the Falcon 9. Elon Musk, a CEO, had already made an announcement back in January through a tweet. That vehicle is essentially 3 Falcon 9 boosters strapped together and according to Musk, it will be the most powerful rocket in operation by "a factor of two". The Falcon Heavy Rocket will have its debut this summer while the Falcon 9 will mostly fly by the year end. SpaceX will also utilize its upcoming Falcon Heavy rocket for larger payloads and farther deliveries.

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The news was first out on the official Twitter handle of SpaceX. Not long after, SpaceX reported that EchoStar XXIII had been safely deposited in a geosynchronous transfer orbit.

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