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SpaceX launches Egyptian communications satellite into orbit

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San Francisco, June 9 (IANS) Elon Musk’s SpaceX has successfully launched a satellite into orbit that will be operated by the Egyptian company Nilesat, in its 23rd rocket launch and landing of 2022.

A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket carried Nilesat 301 to a geosynchronous transfer orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Wednesday at 5:04 p.m. ET, the company posted on its website.

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This was the seventh launch and landing of this booster.

It had previously supported the launch of two GPS satellites, two private crewed missions — the September 2021 Inspiration4 mission to Earth orbit and Ax-1, which in April became the first all-private astronaut mission to go to the International Space Station.

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It also helped launch two Starlink missions, the company added.

Nilesat 301 will operate from geostationary orbit, which lies about 35,800 kilometres above Earth.

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SpaceX has up to five more launches planned in June 2022, including an oddly secretive Globalstar mission and Starlink launch in mid-June.

It also aims to fly SARah-1 and rideshare payloads no earlier than (NET) June 18; and the SES-22 communications satellite and Dragon’s CRS-25 space station cargo delivery NET June 28, Teslarati.com reported.

–IANS

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