SpaceX successfully launches JCSat-14 and lands rocket first stage on drone ship | SpaceNews.com
PARIS—SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on May 6 successfully placed Sky Perfect JSat’s JCSat-14 commercial telecommunications satellite into transfer orbit, with the rocket’s first stage landing gracefully on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
JCSat-14 manufacturer SSL of Palo Alto, California, confirmed that the 4,700-kilogram satellite was healthy in geostationary transfer orbit and sending signals.
It was the second consecutive drone-ship touchdown by the rocket’s first stage and was accomplished despite what SpaceX officials had said were particularly challenging conditions due to the velocity necessary for the launch. The previous successful drone-ship landing, performed in April, was done following a launch of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule into low Earth orbit.
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