SpaceX launches SES-22 communications satellite

SpaceX's Falcon 9 launches the SES-22 satellite into space. Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launches the SES-22 satellite into space. Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider

At 5:04 p.m. EDT (21:04 UTC) June 29, 2022, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the SES-22 C-band communications satellite.

Liftoff took place from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The SES-22 satellite was placed into a geosynchronous transfer orbit some 33 minutes later.

Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider

Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider

“We are thrilled with the successful launch of SES-22, thanks to our partners at Thales Alenia Space and SpaceX,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES, in a company news release. “The launch of SES-22, together with other upcoming C-band satellite launches scheduled this year, will enable us to continue providing the high-quality services that our customers have been accustomed to over the last several decades, while freeing up spectrum that will enable the US to rapidly unlock the promise of 5G.”

Thales Alenia Space and Leonardo, in a joint venture, built the satellite for SES S.A., a Luxembourgian telecommunication company. SES-22 has a mass of 3,500 kilograms, two solar arrays and an expected life span of 15 years providing North America with digital broadcasting services.

The Luxembourgian telecommunication company will also take responsibility for the payload in orbit.

SpaceX drone ship “A Shortfall of Gravitas,” staged 400 miles (670 kilometers) downrange in the Atlantic Ocean, intercepted the company’s Falcon 9 first stage B1073, which was on its second mission after just a 46-day turnaround from its previous flight to space.

The twin fairing halves were also expected to be recovered by SpaceX support ship “Doug.”

This was the 90th launch for SpaceX at this pad, and the 27th Falcon 9 flight by the company in 2022.

Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider

Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider

Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider

Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider

Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider

Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider

Video courtesy of SpaceX

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