Three days after launching ten satellites of the Iridium NEXT constellation to the air force base Vandenberg in California, SpaceX has successfully passed Thursday a new launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the fifteenth since the beginning of the year. After a year 2016 difficult, SpaceX seems to have found its operational balance. To be confirmed, however, in the coming months. In any case, the american company owned by the billionaire Elon Musk has sent on-orbit the satellite EchoStar 105/ SES-11, thanks to the Falcon 9 launcher.
The luxembourg operator is a very good customer of SpaceX. The american company has already operated for the account of ITS two launches with a launcher which is recycled, of which the first floor has landed more than eight minutes on a floating platform after takeoff. This is the fourth flight with a first floor recycled for SpaceX. HIS was also the first commercial customer to perform a launch on Falcon 9 in 2013.
“We are excited to continue working with ITS, a company that strongly supports innovation and proven capabilities of launch of SpaceX” has confirmed the president and COO of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell mentioned in the press release of HIS.
ITS consolidates its foothold in the United States
Built by Airbus, the satellite communication high power dual mission of EchoStar 105 / SES-11 is designed to accelerate the development of the video position US Premium and the distribution of high-definition channels (HD) and ultra high definition (UHD). It provides in-depth coverage of North America, including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. The ability of C-band satellite is optimized for the distribution of digital television, and join ITS-1 and ITS-3 in the center of the orbital arc north-american-HIS, which covers more than 100 million households and has a penetration rate of 100 % in the United States.