Photos: Expendable Falcon 9 blasts off with Inmarsat Communications Satellite

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 23:21 UTC (7:21 p.m. EDT) on May 15, 2017 on a Supersynchronous Transfer Mission with the 6,086-Kilogram Inmarsat 5-F4 Global Xpress satellite destined to join a global constellation of satellites delivering data connectivity to airplane passengers, deep sea vessels and government customers. Given the weight of the satellite and its high-energy destination, Falcon 9 flew in a fully expendable configuration with no attempt made to recover the first stage.

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