A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off early Monday, carrying a classified National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite into orbit.
SpaceX on Monday launched a communications satellite for Inmarsat, marking its first launch for the London-based mobile broadband company.
The Inmarsat-5 Flight 4 satellite, built by Boeing, completes Inmarsat's four-satellite Global Xpress constellation focused on delivering high-speed broadband data to mobile customers, including commercial aircraft and ships and the USA military.
Unlike previous launches with the Falcon 9, this time SpaceX isn't planning to attempt a landing on one of its robotic ships.
Weighing in at almost 13,500 pounds (6,123.4 kgs) atop the rocket, the fourth Inmarsat-5 satellite will be the heaviest load lofted by a Falcon 9 yet, Floridatoday.com reported on Sunday.
Instead, the spent rocket will fall into the Atlantic Ocean, as numerous rocket boosters did before SpaceX and others like Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin led the charge toward reusable rockets.
The satellite is the size of a double decker bus.
SpaceX has gained acclaim for its success at recovering the expensive rockets for re-use in future missions.
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Inmarsat started out as an worldwide maritime satellite service provider, but the London-based company has branched out into fields ranging from in-flight Wi-Fi to connected cars.
He confirmed that the Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite was successfully deployed to a distant, geostationary orbit.
The Falcon 9 rocket will not be reclaimed, and as a result the rocket is sans legs or grid fins.
In any case, the Falcon 9's second stage fired twice to reach a so-called "super synchronous" elliptical orbit and the Inmarsat-5 satellite was safely released to fly on its own.
Despite the considerable amount of skepticism and derision that was directed at SpaceX, the company has been doing better and better over the last two years.
SpaceX is also finally starting to get to its desired pace of sending a rocket into space every two to three weeks.
The integrated Falcon 9/Inmarsat-5 F4 were rolled out to the KSC launch pad on Sunday to begin final preparations and were erected at the pad this morning for Monday's liftoff.
I-5 F4 was built by Boeing at their satellite operations facility in El Segundo, CA for Inmarsat.