SpaceX Falcon9 launch puts new SiriusXM radio satellite into orbit

  • SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Sunday for its seventh trip to space – the second individual Falcon 9 rocket to reach the cape.
  • Attached to the Falcon 9 was SiriusXM’s digital audio radio satellite, which will use 8,000 watts of power to deliver content to the company’s subscribers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
  • The Falcon 9 launch should have taken place on Friday, but SpaceX said it was standing to perform additional ground system checks.
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SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, launched a Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday, carrying with it a new radio satellite that will broadcast to Sirius XM subscribers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean from orbit.

The mission was originally scheduled for Friday, but SpaceX said he stopped to perform additional ground system checks.

The two-step Falcon 9 Rocket lifted off at 12:30 p.m. ET from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. An SXM-7 digital audio radio satellite drove the vehicle into orbit for the American broadcasting company Sirius XM.

It was the space company 25th launch of the year, its busiest yet.

SiriusXM, which provides satellite radio and online radio services, confirmed in a Sunday declaration the SXM-7 satellite “worked fine”.

The SXM-7 satellite will use its more than 8,000 watts of power to deliver content to SiriusXM subscribers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, the company said.

It was the seventh time this particular Falcon 9 rocket embarked on a journey into space, making it the second of SpaceX’s Falcon rockets to complete seven trips. The first launched 60 Starlink satellites into orbit in November.

About nine minutes after Sunday’s launch, the first stage of the Falcon booster descended back to Earth and landed on SpaceX’s “Just Read The Instructions” drone, positioned in the Atlantic Ocean. This was the 69th recovery of a first-stage booster for SpaceX.

“We had a beautiful Falcon 9 launch today, safely delivering SXM-7 into orbit,” said Lee Rosen, vice president of operations and customer integration for SpaceX in a declaration. “This was the seventh flight of this rocket’s first-stage booster, and we are grateful to SiriusXM for choosing our flight-proven hardware to expand its coverage area.”

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The SXM-7 satellite was built by Maxar Technologies for SiriusXM and weighs nearly 7,000 kg. It is one of two satellites launched by SpaceX to replace the outdated SiriusXM satellites currently in orbit.

The second satellite, SXM-8, should be launched next year. Each satellite provides service for more than 15 years, and the two new additions will extend its satellite-delivered services until at least 2036, SiriusXM said.

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