The company SpaceX has successfully injected into orbit an American telecommunications satellite SXM-8.
Rocket Falcon 9 was launched from Cape Canaveral in the U.S. state of Florida at 00:28 am EST. The satellite was delivered into a subsynchronous geostationary orbit. A few minutes later, the reusable first stage rocket, codenamed B1061-3, landed automatically on the Just Read the Instructions floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
This is the third flight of the B1061-3, NASASpaceflightnow.com notes. In November 2020, it was used in the launch to the ISS of the Crew Dragon spacecraft with astronauts aboard. Its second flight was just 44 days ago when it delivered four more astronauts to the ISS in April 2021.
The SXM-8 satellite was built by Maxar Technologies. It has a launch mass of seven tons and a planned lifespan of 15 years. It and a similar satellite SXM-7 are intended to replace the obsolete satellites XM-3 and XM-4, used by the American satellite radio SiriusXM.
SXM-7 was put into orbit in December 2020, but malfunctioned after just six weeks. The presumed cause of the malfunction was a software error.