Monday, January 6, 2014

#SpaceX launch of #Thaicom6 at #CCAFS

Right at the beginning of their launch window, +SpaceX successfully launched the Thaicom 6 satellite to GTO on a Falcon 9 ver 1.1. It was a loud launch and the rocket hit the cloud deck pretty quickly. We only caught a few glimpses of it through the clouds at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station viewing spot. A great launch to start 2014! I adjusted the levels on a few images to highlight the awesomeness.

Jan. 6 Falcon 9  •  Thaicom 6
Launch window: 2206 GMT (5:06 p.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Thaicom 6 communications satellite. Thaicom 6 will provide C-band and Ku-band communications services across Southeast Asia and Africa. The rocket flew in the Falcon 9 v1.1 configuration with upgraded Merlin 1D engines, stretched fuel tanks, and a payload fairing. Delayed from August, October, Dec. 12, Dec. 20 and Jan. 3. See our Mission Status Center. [Jan. 6]


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