Falcon 9 launches Telstar 18 Vantage satellite

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying Telstar 18 Vantage launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. That gap between launches was the longest since late 2017, when a month and a half passed between Falcon 9 launches of Koreasat 5A and a Dragon cargo resupply mission. The spacecraft will provide C-band capacity over the Asia Pacific region. While the previous Telstar mission launched on a reused Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket in July, the Telstar 18V satellite launched on a brand-new rocket.

"Telstar 18 VANTAGE is a high throughput, highly flexible, state-of-the-art satellite that will provide a significant competitive advantage to customers serving the demanding requirements of broadcast, enterprise and government users throughout Asia", said Dan Goldberg, Telesat's President and CEO. Telstar 19V, which launched in July, is the heaviest communications satellite; it weighs only 34 lbs. Built by the California-based aerospace company SSL, the satellite is created to last about 15 years in orbit.

At 15,564 lbs, the satellite is the second heaviest communications satellite ever launched and is created to last about 15 years in orbit, Space.com reports. (15 kg) more than Telstar 18V.

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