A SpaceX Falcon 9 frees Globalstar’s FM15 Satellite successfully into orbit

On Sunday, June 19, a SpaceX Falcon 9 launched the FM15 satellite, a Globalstar, at about 12:27 a.m. The launch was made from the Space Launch Complex 40 also known as SLC-4- that is present at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in the state of Florida. The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket carried a communications satellite to orbit for the Louisiana-based company Globalstar.

What did SpaceX tweet about the FM15 Satellite launch progress?

SpaceX made a tweet telling that the rocket’s first stage flew back to Earth ten minutes after the rocket lifted off from Earth. The stage that came back to Earth was received by the drone ship that belongs to SpaceX named Just Read The Instructions which is present in the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of Florida state.

The company also mentioned that the upper stage of the rocket helped in ultimately joining the rocket into its target orbit, LEO. Reports also state that SpaceX has started in-orbit testing and the satellite is operating nominally at present.

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What did Davin Kagan, the CEO of Globalstar say about the launch?

David Kagan, the CEO of Globalstar said that the company is pleased to achieve the successful launch of the satellite together with SpaceX. He also thanked the team present at Thales Alenia Space for successfully manufacturing the satellite and storing the components all this time.

In addition to that, he also mentioned that the satellite will also serve as the in-orbit spare and thus will play a crucial role in the further growth of the launch of the other satellites in the future that will be procured from MDA that are expected to launch in the year 2025.

The third SpaceX mission in a span of 36 hours

FM15 Satellite
SpaceX launches third Falcon 9 rocket in less than two days

The launch is considered the third mission for SpaceX in a span of just 36 hours. SpaceX has made about 53 launches from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center present in Florida on Friday. The company also lofted a radar satellite on Saturday from Vanderberg Space Force Base present in the state of California, for the German military.

What was Friday’s mission and what records did it set?

Globalstar FM15 Satellite

Friday’s mission includes the Falcon 9 rocket launch which is a remarkable mission for SpaceX. The mission is all set to create a new record for the reuse of rockets for SpaceX. The Falcon 9 rocket that carried the spacecraft featured the first stage of launch which previously included about a total of 12 launches. According to a description given by SpaceX, the launch made on Sunday was the ninth launch for the first-stage Falcon 9 rocket.

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How far did SpaceX reach with respect to its launches?

SpaceX is all paced up in its launches this year. It has even increased its launch pace this year with about 26 launches to date and the company still has many plans to make more launches each month thus resulting in a huge sum by the end of the year 2022.


The two halves of the spacecraft launched, fell away from the Falcon 9 rocket thus completing their ultimate job of protecting the payload while the rocket is climbing up and passing through the atmosphere. After making a re-entry, each half of the spacecraft will make its way down to the Earth by deploying a parachute as they keep descending into the Atlantic Ocean.

On the other hand, there are many recovery boats that belong to SpaceX, which will further pick the parts up and carry them to the shore present nearby in order to reuse them for later purposes. The second stage, however, finished a total of three burns before deploying the Globalstar’s payload.

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