SpaceX AsiaSat-8: For the Record Books | Space KSC

SpaceX has made history many times since its first Falcon 9 launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on June 4, 2010, but today’s early morning launch from Pad 40 shattered several records to go along with a good night’s sleep for Space Coast residents.


The 4:00 AM launch came 21 days 16 hours and 45 minutes after their last launch on July 14 of the Orbcomm OG2 mission.


This has been a very good month for private launch company SpaceX.  According to "New Science Daily", the Falcon 9 rocket successfully placed the AsiaSat-8 into a parking orbit for eventual migration into a 23,000 mile orbit capable of serving large portions of the Earth’s surface.  It appears private space launch companies are capable of "taking up the slack" from NASA, which lacks funding to launch  missions on its calendar.  Perhaps AMSAT can strike a deal with SpaceX to put some amateur radio satellites into orbit at a competitive price. Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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