SpaceX marked another success with its Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket’s booster engines were fired up ahead of its second to last launch and landing of this year. It had passed a month since SpaceX lofted 60 Starlink satellites and also putting the Cargo Dragon on the track to the ISS for CRS-19.
December is, for sure, the busiest month for the company, mainly because the work doesn’t stop here. SpaceX had prepared another two launches for 2019. The first one is the Kacific-1, while the second, the Starlink-2, will end the journey, on December 30. For the company, the next year will record the final of a historic year of milestones.
Such a fact it also includes performances like’s Crew Dragon extraordinary orbital launch debut. Other achievements are the first-ever reuse of a flight-demonstration payload fairing, the fourth launch of a refurbished Falcon 9 booster, and some intriguing Starhopper flight tests.
SpaceX Falcon 9 Prepares For The Last 2019 Launch and Landing
SpaceX will fly twice-launched Falcon 9 booster B1056.3 for the third time. B1056.3 beforehand held CRS-17 and CRS-18, back to back Cargo Dragon space station resupply projects for NASA.
Right now, SpaceX is preparing for a December 16 release, putting the jointly-owned JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 broadband communication satellite for Japan’s Sky Perfect JSAT Corp. According to a Kacific, after disposing of Falcon 9 and circularizing into a geostationary orbit around 22,000 miles over the Asia-Pacific surface.
Moreover, the JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 satellite “will stream broadband to 25 nations in South East Asia and the Pacific Islands via 56 spot beams.” Kacific was developed in 2013 by CEO Christian Patouraux to offer urgently needed communication services to the Asia Pacific surface. Also, Kacific is set to “provide high speed, affordable and accessible internet to extra-urban, rural, and remote users” with Kacific-1, SpaceX first assigned satellite.