Indonesia’s PT Telkom & SpaceX
SpaceX officially deployed an Indonesian satellite into earth’s orbit on August 7th, 2018.
The event marked the 15th mission for SpaceX in 2018. Completing another successfully proof of concept in the firms bid to develop reusable rockets. The company re-flew a booster for a second mission in less than three months, this time to carry a commercial satellite for PT Telkom Indonesia.
The rocket deployed Merah Putih, a geostationary communications satellite that will provide service to Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia. Merah Putih is a geostationary commercial communications satellite. The satellite will be integrated into PT Telkom Indonesia’s greater network to provide service to Indonesia and other areas in Southeast Asia. PT Telkom Indonesia is the largest telecommunications and network provider in Indonesia.
Merah Putih, which stands for the red and white colors of the Indonesian flag. Will carry a wide range of applications that will provide mobile broadband across Indonesia and Southeast Asia. The satellite is expected to have a service lifetime of 15 or more years.
This same Falcon 9 previously supported the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission in May 2018. This mission effectively put the first Bangladeshi satellite into space.
Reusing boosters instead of scrapping them after each use provides significant cost savings in space flight. SpaceX’s progress in this pursuit has made the company one of the most valuable venture-backed startups in the U.S.
This marks SpaceX’s first reuse of a Falcon 9. A workhorse rocket that was built to be launched as many as 10 times.
About 8 minutes after the launch, SpaceX landed the Falcon 9’s first stage on one of its droneships, named “Of Course I Still Love You,” which is stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at about 1:18am, Florida USA time.