Falcon 9 rocket lifted off Thursday at 8:45. local time from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. SpaceX also landed the rocket's first stage on a drone ship in the Atlantic minutes after its launch.
While most rocket launches carry a payload, "rider sharing" and secondary load are becoming increasingly common in the industry. Nusantara Satu is Indonesia's first high-capacity satellite that improves Internet connectivity in the region, according to a SpaceX press package. The Israeli craft Beresheet, which competed in Google Lunar XPrize, will travel to the moon after deployment with its own power.
The third payload is an experimental small spacecraft from the Air Force Research Laboratory for one year's mission. [1
The most important milestone that is a focus for this year is SpaceX's first flight with people on board. The company competes with Boeing Co. to be the first to fly American astronauts to the International Space Station as part of NASA's commercial crew program.
SpaceX's first troubled demonstration flight, known as Demo-1, is scheduled to take place at 2:48 AM ET on Saturday, March 2. NASA has planned an overview of mission and aviation emergency review for Friday, February 22 at 18 ET. DM
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