SpaceX Falcon 9 lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida with the JCSAT 14 satellite.

SpaceX Falcon 9 JCSAT 14 Rocket Launch

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida with the JCSAT 14 Satellite.

SpaceX Falcon9 JCSAT 14 Mission PatchOn May 6th 2016, SpaceX launched the JCSAT 14 satellite into orbit on-board one of their Falcon 9 rockets. Launching at 1:21 am from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida the rocket lite up the sky.

After the launch SpaceX landed the Falcon 9 rockets first stage on the companies autonomous drone ship, named “Of Course I Still Love You”, which is in the Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles off the coast of Florida. This is now the second time SpaceX has been able to land its Falcon 9 first stage back on the drone ship. This achievement will help reduce the cost of space future flight.

The JCSAT-14 is a communications satellite designed and manufactured by Space Systems/Loral for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation based in Tokyo, Japan. The satellite is designed to provide TV programming and broadband services in Japan, Asia, Oceania, Russia and the Pacific region for at least 15 years, replacing an older satellite called JCSAT-2A.


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In the YouTube video below you can get a sense of what it is like to be 2.5 miles. away from the launch pad as it blasts off. The video is a 360-degree video so you can look all around. If your using your smart phone just swipe your screen or if on a desktop you can use your mouse to look around. Video was captured with the Ricoh Theta S camera.

Launch footage from the GoPro Hero 2 mounted to the back of the CR-V. It is definitely not the best footage but still shows the launch and the experience one can have from the ILT Causeway.

 


Falcon 9 first stage returned to Port Canaveral on May 9 2016 after a successful mission.

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