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Created 17-Dec-19
Modified 2-Nov-20
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On Monday, December 16 at 7:10 p.m. EST, SpaceX launched JCSAT-18/Kacific1 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The satellite was deployed approximately 33 minutes after liftoff.

Falcon 9’s first stage for the JCSAT-18/Kacific1 mission previously supported the CRS-17 mission in May 2019 and the CRS-18 mission in July 2019. Following stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Boeing built the JCSAT-18/Kacific1 satellite, equipping it with two unique payloads.The JCSAT-18 satellite was built for SKY Perfect JSAT, one of the largest providers of multichannel pay TV broadcast services in Japan. The JCSAT-18 satellite will provide Ku-band coverage and improve mobile and broadband services for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation customers in the Asia-Pacific region. Kacific1 is a next-generation geostationary satellite operating in the Ka-band frequency spectrum and will place capacity over selected regions in South East Asia and the Pacific Islands. Kacific1 will connect previously unserved or under-served populations with affordable, high-speed broadband.

Photos taken from the Exploration Tower; a distance of about 12 miles.
This is a 4 minute exposure as the Norwegian Bliss, a 1,000+ ft. passenger ship departs Port Canaveral.