On March 16, 2017, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 successfully delivered EchoStar XXIII, a commercial communications satellite for EchoStar Corporation, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). EchoStar XXIII is a highly flexible, Ku-band broadcast satellite services (BSS) satellite with four main reflectors and multiple sub-reflectors supporting multiple mission profiles. Initial commercial deployment of EchoStar XXIII will be at 45° West, and the Satellite End of Life (EOL) Power is 20 kilowatts (kW).
Below is a summary of the mission in photos, with more photos available on Space X’s Flickr site. You can also watch the archived webcast here, and find more information about the mission in the press kit.
Falcon 9 lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 2:00 am EDT, 6:00 am UTC.
View of the engine end of the Falcon 9 first stage as the vehicle powers EchoStar XXIII to orbit.
Approximately two and a half minutes into flight, the first and second stages separate, and the second stage engine ignites.
Following a nearly 18 minute coast phase, the second stage engine relights to provide the final boost for the EchoStar XXIII satellite
View of the EchoStar XXIII satellite as it deploys from the Falcon 9 second stage