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Es'hailsat 2 lofted by Falcon 9


(15 Nov 2018) Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: Es'hailsat 2; Date: 15 November 2018, 2046 UTC; Launch site: Kennedy Space Center, USA. The satellite was deployed to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) about 32 minutes after liftoff.

Falcon 9's first stage for the Es'hail-2 mission previously supported the Telstar 19 VANTAGE mission in July 2018. Following stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9's first stage on a platform deployed in the Atlantic Ocean.

The satellite, built by Japan's Mitsubishi Electric using the company's DS 2000 platform for Qatar-based Es'hailSat, will be located at 26 degrees East.

In addition to offering Ku-band resources to support the 25.5°/26.0° East broadcast neighbourhood, Es'hail-2 also features multi-transponder Ka-band capacity, providing business and government sectors with secure communications across the Middle East and North Africa region.

It also features the first Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation – AMSAT – payload to fly aboard a geostationary satellite, providing coverage stretching from Brazil to Thailand.

Es'hailSat's first satellite entered service in December 2013 and currently provides direct-to-home television content, business communications and other telecommunications services.

Reference: SpaceX PR, Spaceflight Now, GeekWire