Yesterday, September 10th, 2018, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, in Florida, with the mission to deploy the Canadian Telstar 18 Vantage satellite into orbit.
At 12:45 AM local time, with about an hour delay caused by some rain, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Canadian communication satellite, the Telstar 18 Vantage, blasted off heading towards space. Once the rocket reached Earth’s geostationary orbit, the satellite deployed.
The Canadian Telstar 18 Vantage satellite is the 23rd satellite of the Telstar group to go into space since 1962. It has the mission to cover some region of Canada and Asia with broadband connectivity.
Telstar 18 is packed with high-end technologies, such as “additive manufacturing, electric propulsion, and a variety of next-generation systems to maximize the satellite’s broadband service capabilities,” as Maxar Technologies press release reported yesterday.
The Canadian Telstar 18 Vantage satellite successfully deployed by SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket
According to Maxar Technologies, this Canadian satellite has the goal to “provide extensive C-band capacity over Asia, powerful Ku-band HTS spot beams over Indonesia and Malaysia, and five additional Ku-band beams.”
C-band is a region of the electromagnetic spectrum that operates at frequencies of between 4 GHz and 8 GHz which is commonly used for satellite televisions or telecommunications networks.
On the other hand, the Ku-band is yet another portion of the electromagnetic spectrum which runs between 12 GHz and 18 GHz and serves only for satellite TV and communications between satellites.
Maxar Technologies is the parent-company of SSL, the manufacturer of the Canadian satellites, which now reached at the 90th successfully launch.
As mentioned above, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, in Florida, yesterday, September 10th, and successfully deployed the Canadian Telstar 18 Vantage telecommunications satellite which is now set at 138 degrees east from where it can cover both the Americas and Asia and can connect both regions to broadband connectivity.
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