The launch was originally slated to be done with one of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rockets, but the company has yet to bring those into commercial operation. The Falcon 9 rocket will use up most of its fuel carrying the satellite into a relatively high orbit, which means there won't be enough to attempt a controlled landing.
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.
"We've had confirmation of spacecraft separation", said a SpaceX commentator about 30 minutes after launch, signaling that the satellite was successfully deployed to a distant, geostationary orbit. Since SpaceX returned to flight on January 17 of this year, five Falcon 9 rockets have launched. It will launch from pad 39A of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Inmarsat-5 series satellites are the backbone of the company's Global Xpress system, providing airline passenger connectivity, "so it's wi-fi services for passengers for web browsing, email, video downloads and uploads", said Franci.
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Static fire test of Falcon 9 completed on May 11. This satellite, known as the I-5 F4, is the fourth satellite in the company's fifth-generation fleet of satellites.
Weather could not have been better Monday for a launch with a 90 percent chance for favorable conditions and clear sky. Inmarsat has an option for another future flight with SpaceX.
The satellite is 7 meters tall and 40.6 meters wide, making it taller than a double-decker bus and wider than a Boeing 737, according to Inmarsat's website.
The previous three satellites in the network were launched aboard Russian Proton rockets in 2013 and 2015.