The powerful JCSAT-14 satellite will provide service for broadcast, data networks, and internet connectivity for maritime and aviation for 15 years or longer to the Asia, Russia, Oceania, and the Pacific Islands region.
Chalking up a double success, the rocket’s first stage once again landed an offshore “droneship,” the second such successful landing in a row.
“Woohoo!!” tweeted SpaceX founder Elon Musk, after the successful landing about 200 miles off the Florida coast.
Expectations for today’s landing were low and SpaceX repeatedly said success was unlikely because the Falcon 9’s first stage was returning to the ground “a lot faster than last time,” Musk said, due to the mission’s flight to a much higher orbit.
This accomplishment takes SpaceX another step forward on its goal of lowering the cost of space launches by reusing rockets, which currently costs NASA about $10,000 per pound.