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Falcon 9 launches communications satellite
Posted: Sat, Dec 21, 2019, 11:43 PM ET (0443 GMT)
SpaceX successfully launched a communications satellite Monday that will serve two customers. A Falcon 9 lifted off at 7:10 pm EST (0010 GMT Tuesday) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and 33 minutes later placed the JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit. JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 is a 6,800-kilogram "condosat" built by Boeing, with payloads for Japanese operator Sky Perfect JSAT and Singaporean startup Kacific. The Falcon 9's first stage, making its third flight, landed on a droneship downrange, but two other ships were unable to catch the rocket's payload fairing.
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