US company SpaceX said Monday it had deployed a commercial Thai satellite, in its second successful launch in weeks.
The private firm's two-stage Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from
SpaceX successfully launched its first commercial satellite on December 3pp for Luxembourg company SES, which had previously used European Ariane rockets or the Russian Proton for its launches.
The SES-8 satellite was due to provide television, cable TV and other services to countries including
With Monday's second successful launch, SpaceX seems to be making its mark in the commercial satellite launch business, estimated to be worth
Its orders amount to
This second successful launch is also important as SpaceX seeks to be considered a serious candidate by the
These launches are currently reserved for the
It takes at least three successful launches to qualify.
Both Monday's and last month's launches used an improved version of the Falcon 9.
The Falcon 9 has already succeeded in sending its Dragon capsules to the
The Dragon capsule takes cargo into space and brings back material from scientific experiments.
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