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SpaceX Falcon 9 set to carry Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite into space

Despite several failed launches of its Falcon 9 rockets, Elon Musk's private space venture has had five successful missions, so far.

The satellite is meant to provide additional high-speed broadband capacity for users of London-based satellite communications firm Inmarsat's Global Xpress network. Because of the fuel requirement, the Falcon 9 booster will not be recovered, says SpaceX in a statement.

Since the satellite is more than six metric tons and is going to a higher orbit Falcon 9 rocket won't have enough fuel to make a return attempt, even at sea.

SpaceX's launch bring the Boeing-made satellite into operation alongside three previously deployed spacecraft, with the intent of this additional one being to add more load capacity to the existing network, and also to provide some backup options in case one of the other geostationary units encounters a problem.

The satellite is the size of a double decker bus. In a launch that was viewed by millions of viewers across the globe, the Falcon 9 rocket seemingly broke its limits and delivered its biggest payload yet in what now stands as one of SpaceX's most successful missions to date.

The Falcon 9 rocket and Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite continue to climb into the Florida skies on May 15, 2017.

He confirmed that the Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite was successfully deployed to a distant, geostationary orbit.

Tonight's Falcon 9 is scheduled to take off around 7:20PM ET from pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. One of the Inmarsat-5 satellites, the new sat will provide broadband internet services to airline passengers, maritime crews, and USA and worldwide military units.

According to the latest launch weather forecast from the United States Air Force 45th Weather Squadron, there is an 90% of favorable weather conditions for Monday's launch.

SpaceX is about to launch a satellite into space. Inmarsat has an option for another future flight with SpaceX.

Boeing has built the Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite.


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