SpaceX launches Falcon 9 plus satellite

Source: USA Today

“A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set to launch a ‘behemoth’ commercial communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center at 7:21 p.m. Eastern time on Monday. Weighing in at nearly 13,500 pounds atop the rocket, the fourth Inmarsat-5 satellite will be the heaviest load lofted by a Falcon 9 yet. The 230-foot rocket will need all its fuel and 1.7 million pounds of liftoff thrust to deliver the spacecraft larger than a double-decker bus on its way to an orbit more than 22,000 miles over the equator.” (05/15/17)