Successful launch of Falcon-9

Another view of launch as the Falcon 9 climbed away from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.               Steven Young  Spaceflight Now

Another view of launch as the Falcon 9 climbed away from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Steven Young Spaceflight Now

The recovery of this expensive part of the rocket is needed for SpaceX to achieve its dream of reducing launch costs.

The rocket blasted off from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base at approximately 12:55 E.T.

Space X is launching a massive communications satellite into orbit tonight, and will then attempt to land a rocket's first stage on a drone ship out in the ocean.

Unfortunately for us mere mortals watching it unfold at home, the video feed onboard the first stage cut out just as it landed.

The rocket was carrying Canada's Telstar 18 Vantage communication satellite. The satellite's lift-off was slated for July but was delayed several times, Cnet reports. It made a successful landing on a platform in the Atlantic ocean.

Meanwhile, the Telstar 18V satellite was deployed into orbit above Earth 32 minutes after the launch.

The hefty communications satellite - the second heaviest ever launched, after the Telstar 19V, according to Spaceflight Now - lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

"The coverage of Telesat's newest satellite reaches across Asia all the way to Hawaii...enabling direct connectivity between any point in Asia and the Americas", a release stated. The satellite has an expected life expectancy of about 15 years in orbit.

Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company's state-of-the-art fleet consists of 17 GEO satellites, the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1 and one Phase 1 LEO satellite which is the start of Telesat's planned global LEO satellite constellation that will offer low latency, high throughput broadband services. Built by the California-based aerospace company SSL, the satellite is created to last about 15 years in orbit.

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