SpaceX launches SATRIA-1 communications satellite for Indonesia, a land-based missile in the sea (VIDEO)

SpaceX launched a new Indonesian communications satellite into orbit from Florida on Sunday (June 18) and capped the flight with a flawless rocket landing at sea.

A Falcon 9 rocket topped with a SATRIA-1 communications satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, flying into the evening sky at 6:21 p.m. EDT (2221 GMT) after a 15-minute delay due to high winds.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a group of the company’s Starlink broadband satellites on March 3, 2023. (Image credit: SpaceX)

Shortly after liftoff, the Falcon 9 first stage booster returned to Earth for a vertical landing on SpaceX’s unmanned spaceship A Shortfall of Gravitas, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.

The landing, which occurred 8.5 minutes after liftoff, was the 12th launch and landing for that particular booster, according to SpaceX mission description. Among those earlier efforts were four Dragon missions to the International Space Station for NASA, two of them manned and two of them robotic resupply flights.

The first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is making a soft landing, its twelfth flight, after the launch of the SATRIA-1 communications satellite into orbit on June 18, 2023. (Image credit: SpaceX)

Meanwhile, the Falcon 9 upper stage continued to carry SATRIA-1 into geosynchronous transfer orbit, eventually deploying the satellite there less than 37 minutes after liftoff.

Indonesia’s SATRIA-1 satellite has moved away from the upper stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket after successfully launching into orbit. (Image credit: SpaceX)

SATRIA-1 (short for “Satellite of the Republic of Indonesia”) will be operated for the Indonesian government by PSN Indonesia.

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