SpaceX just tied its own rocket-launch record

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The failure during the launches is something the flight-proven B1047 to the East and B1046 to the West are planning to overcome by achieving success in orbital missions now as both have already launched Telstar 19V as well as Telkom 4 (Merah Putih) and Bangabandhu-1.

SpaceX successfully launched Qatar's Es'hail-2 satellite today, marking its first mission for the state.

Four more launches using a Falcon 9 rocket are scheduled in the last six weeks of the year. The motor stage is mounted on the bolts, not welded to the structure.

What is Falcon 9? The satellite separated from the rocket 32 minutes later.

Es'hail-2 was built by Mitsubishi Electric, representing a rare win on the worldwide market for a company whose main satellite customer has been the Japanese government. In addition to offering Ku-band capacity to support the growing 25.5?E / 26.0°E broadcast neighbourhood, Es'hail-2 also features multi-transponder Ka-band capacity with sophisticated anti-jamming capabilities providing business and government sectors with secure communications across the Mena region. This will mark the first ham radio relay in a high geostationary orbit, allowing for one-hop communication over a huge section of the globe. The Es'hail 2 will be situated 26 degrees east longitude over the equator. Back then, it was used to send to orbit the Telstar 19 VANTAGE mission. It was SpaceX's 31st successful booster recovery. The rocket experienced some serious problems along the way, but the company's number of successful launches has nearly made them boring over the past few years.

In all, SpaceX launched a total of 18 mission this year, equaling the number of missions it had for the entire 2017. Everything went according to plan, including a successful landing on the "Of Course I Still Love Your" drone ship, according to the private space company.

Thursday's launch was powered by a previously used rocket booster.

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