SpaceX Rocket Blasts Off With World’s First All-Electric Satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. March 1 (Reuters) – A Space Exploration Technologies rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday to put the world’s first all-electric communications satellites into orbit.
The 22-story tall booster soared off its seaside launch pad at 10:50 a.m. EST (0350 GMT), the third flight in less than two months for SpaceX, as the privately owned, California-based company is known.
Perched on top of the rocket were a pair of satellites built by Boeing and owned by Paris-based Eutelsat Communications and Bermuda-based ABS, whose majority owner is the European private equity firm Permira.
Eutelsat and ABS shared satellite manufacturing and launch costs, a business arrangement spurred by technological innovation.
The satellites launched on Sunday are outfitted with lightweight, all-electric engines, rather than —> Read More Here


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