SpaceX launches SATRIA-1 communications satellite for Indonesia, rocket lands at sea (VIDEO)

SpaceX launched a new Indonesian communications satellite from Florida on Sunday (June 18) and capped the flight with a flawless rocket landing in the ocean.

The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SATRIA-1 communications satellite lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida and lifted off into the early morning sky at 6:21 pm EDT (2221 GMT) after a 15-minute delay due to high winds.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the company’s Starlink suite of broadband satellites on March 3, 2023. (Image credit: SpaceX)

Shortly after liftoff, the Falcon 9’s first stage booster returned to Earth for a vertical touchdown on the SpaceX droneship A Shortfall of Gravitas, which landed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.

The touchdown, which occurred 8.5 minutes after liftoff, marked the 12th launch and landing for this particular booster. SpaceX mission description. Those previous efforts included four Dragon missions to the International Space Station for NASA, two of which were crewed and two were robotic resupply flights.

After launching the SATRIA-1 communications satellite into orbit on June 18, 2023, the first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket makes a soft landing, its 12th flight. (Image credit: SpaceX)

Falcon 9’s upper stage, meanwhile, carried SATRIA-1 into geosynchronous transfer orbit, eventually positioning the satellite there within 37 minutes of liftoff.

Indonesia’s SATRIA-1 satellite successfully lifted off from the upper stage on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and launched into orbit. (Image credit: SpaceX)

SATRIA-1 (its name stands for “Satellite of the Republic of Indonesia”) will be operated by the Indonesian company PSN for the Indonesian government.

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