SpaceX is all set to launch Telstar Communications Satellite into the sky. It is aiming to land rocket's first stage at company’s East Coast drone ship. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Telstar 18 Vantage communications satellite, also known as Apstar 5C, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, during a launch window that starts at 11:28 pm on September 10. ALSO READ | NASA's Curiosity rover sends home 360-degree view of Martian sky You can watch the live stream at Space.com. In case of delays, the launch event can even stretch for four hours.
The satellite, which will operate as a partnership between the Canadian company Telesat and the Hong Kong-based company APT Satellite company will provide broadcast, enterprise and government communications services over the Pacific Ocean, stretching from Hawaii across to India and Pakistan, according to a statement from Telesat. The Telstar 18 Vantage Communications satellite weighs 7,060 kilograms, according to Spaceflight Now. SpaceX will use one of its newest Falcon 9 rockets, the Block 5, for the launch. After the launch, SpaceX plans to attempt to land the stage on the company's East Coast drone ship, ‘Of Course I Still Love You’. ALSO READ | NASA’S Dawn spacecraft to run out of fuel after 11 years The satellite is expected to operate for 15 long years, according to Telesat. (With inputs from agencies)