CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station without any problems Tuesday evening.
An Israeli communications satellite called an AMOS-17 that was supposed to go into orbit three years ago was on board. The satellite will be able to provide TV and internet services to parts of Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
The Falcon 9 rocket launch tonight has launched two previous times, once in July 2018 and, most recently, in November 2018.
PAYLOAD - WHAT IS AMOS-17?
The AMOS-17 mission contains a satellite designed by Boeing that will increase internet connectivity to Africa. Once deployed, about 31 minutes after liftoff, the satellite will enter the 17E orbital position, right over Africa. The satellite will be operational for at least 20 years.
United Launch Alliance is set to launch its Atlas 5 mission from Cape Canaveral on Thursday morning. The rocket will be carrying a communications satellite for the United States Air Force and Missile Systems Center.
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