President congratulates FormoSat-5 team for successful launch

Posted August 25, 2017

SpaceX has succeeded with a launch of one of its Falcon 9 rockets today, for client Taiwan National Space Organization (NSPO).

The two-stage Falcon 9 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 2:51 p.m. EDT (1851 GMT; 11:51 a.m. local time), hauling the Formosat-5 spacecraft into the heavens. The event will be streamed live.

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While the upper portion of the rocket continued toward space, the used first-stage booster landed on a droneship, "Just Read the Instructions", in the Pacific Ocean about 11 minutes later, which made Falcon three for three for touch downs following Vandenberg missions. The Falcon 9's mission-launch FORMOSAT-5 satellite into space.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a Taiwanese Earth-observation satellite today (Aug. 24) and then came back down for a pinpoint landing on a ship at sea.

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SpaceX is not a country, but if it were the company would be tied with Russian Federation for the most orbital launches of 2017.

Less than 11 minutes after launch, the first stage set down on the vessel, the latest success in SpaceX's drive for reusability. The satellite was deployed into a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 720 kilometers. SpaceX also had a couple of high-profile accidents, including a second-stage failure during a launch in 2015, and a launch pad accident in 2016.

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The community can view the launch from the Hawk's Nest on Highway 1 south of Vandenberg Air Force Base' main gate. It will open at 10:30 a.m. and close right before the launch.