SpaceX - Falcon 9 / EchoStar XXIII Mission patch.
March 16, 2017
Image above: Falcon 9 lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 2:00 am EDT, 6:00 am UTC.
On March 16, 2017, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 successfully delivered EchoStar XXIII, a commercial communications satellite for EchoStar Corporation, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).
EchoStar XXIII is a highly flexible, Ku-band broadcast satellite services (BSS) satellite with four main reflectors and multiple sub-reflectors supporting multiple mission profiles. Initial commercial deployment of EchoStar XXIII will be at 45° West, and the Satellite End of Life (EOL) Power is 20 kilowatts (kW).
Liftoff! SpaceX launches Echostar XXIII communications satellite
Below is a summary of the mission in photos:
Image above: View of the engine end of the Falcon 9 first stage as the vehicle powers EchoStar XXIII to orbit.
Image above: Following a nearly 18 minute coast phase, the second stage engine relights to provide the final boost for the EchoStar XXIII satellite.
Image above: View of the EchoStar XXIII satellite as it deploys from the Falcon 9 second stage.
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