It will take off from the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida on Monday, carrying the company's first satellite for the us military, and breaking a 10-year monopoly held by a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Due to the heavy amount of fuel aboard the satellite (over 5,000 pounds of propellant), the total weight of the payload at launch exceeds 13,000 pounds.
In the future, such a heavy payload will likely be carried by the company's Falcon Heavy rocket, now in production.
With the flight of the Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite, SpaceX has marked its first ever launch for the London-based mobile broadband company.
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Subscribe to Times of San Diego's free daily email newsletter! . Both of these factors combined mean that the Falcon 9 will need to use a whole lot of propellant during launch to get the satellite where it needs to go. A later engine burn successfully put Inmarsat-5 F4 into its proper orbit for spacecraft separation. It is hoped that latest satellite will increase the load handling capacity and bring succor if one of the three satellites was having trouble.
Weather could not have been better Monday for a launch with a 90 percent chance for favorable conditions and clear sky. Considering the explosions from their 2015 and 2016 launches, the rocket company can not guarantee success for now. That means SpaceX may finally be getting to the launch cadence that the company has boasted for a while now. If the upcoming event is successful, SpaceX can make a recovery in the eyes of its critics.
A key element in maintaining that rapid launch rate is returning pad 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to service. The payload is too heavy.