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    Space X Launches Communications Satellite For Qatar on Falcon 9 Rocket

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A Japanese-made communications satellite owned by Qatar zoomed toward a geostationary orbit from the Kennedy Space Center in the US state of Florida atop a Falcon 9 rocket built by the private aerospace company Space X on Thursday.

    "The spacecraft’s multi-mission architecture will enable Es’hailSat to respond to demand for the fastest-growing applications in the Middle East and North Africa, including content transfer, broadcast distribution, enterprise communications, and government services," Space X said in a press release.

    Earlier, SpaceX Company launched a livestream of Falcon 9 Launch.

    All systems appeared to operate as expected when the Falcon 9 placed the satellite in a geosynchronous transfer orbit, after which the satellite will travel under its own power to a geostationary orbit about 22,000 miles above Earth.

    READ MORE: Space X's Recycled Rocket Booster Lands After Placing Satellite in Orbit

    Shortly after the launch, Space X recovered the Falcon 9 booster stage, which was used on an earlier mission, on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean.

    SpaceX started experimenting with drone ship landings in 2015. After the successful drone ship landing in April 2016, Musk said that the Flacon 9 booster could be used for 10-20 more flights and with the help of some modifications, it could fly up to 100 times.

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