liftoff of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy

Jupiter 3 was successfully launched by Falcon Heavy

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy successfully launches EchoStar 24 (JUPITER 3), marking another significant step in advancing global communication capabilities

In the early hours of July 29, 2023, SpaceX successfully launched the EchoStar 24 (Jupiter 3) mission via its powerful Falcon Heavy rocket. The launch took place at 03:04 UTC from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. Carrying the EchoStar 24 satellite, the Falcon Heavy made its seventh launch, marking the 182nd and 183rd reuse of a booster. The side boosters were successfully recovered on land at Landing Zones 1 and 2, while the center booster was expended. This mission marks SpaceX’s 250th successful mission overall, 52nd launch in 2023 and yet another demonstration of its leadership in the aerospace industry.

Falcon Heavy liftoff with JUPITER 3 mission
Falcon Heavy liftoff with Jupiter 3 mission. Credits: SpaceX


EchoStar 24: Bridging Communication Gaps from Space

Central to the EchoStar 24 mission is its payload. The primary cargo for this Falcon Heavy launch is the EchoStar 24 satellite, alternatively known as Jupiter 3, the heaviest commercial satellite ever launched. This is an ultra-high density communications satellite built by Hughes Network Systems, following the SSL-1300 satellite bus architecture provided by Space Systems/Loral (SSL).

The Maxar-built JUPITER 3 seen here before launch
The Maxar-built Jupiter 3 seen here before launch. Credits: Maxar

The EchoStar 24 is a technological advancement, equipped with two deployable solar arrays and batteries that power its antennas, enabling a remarkable throughput of up to 500 Gb/s. With this capacity, EchoStar 24 is set to bolster communication capabilities significantly from its Geostationary Orbit location at 95º East GEO, for an estimated lifespan of 15 years.

This satellite joins the existing EchoStar constellation, which currently comprises five satellites that were launched between 2003 and 2017 using a variety of launch vehicles, including Zenit-3SL, Ariane 5, Atlas V, Proton-M, and Falcon 9.In conclusion, the EchoStar 24 mission represents an important stride in enhancing global communication capabilities, while underlining SpaceX’s dedication to innovative and reusable design solutions.


SpaceX’s Sustainable Success: EchoStar 24 and the Future of Space Exploration

Marking another successful mission, SpaceX has once again demonstrated the incredible capabilities of its Falcon Heavy rocket, launching the EchoStar 24 satellite into Geostationary Orbit on July 27, 2023. This achievement not only solidifies SpaceX’s standing in the industry but also makes significant strides towards improving global communication capacities.

The successful recovery of the Falcon Heavy’s side boosters and fairing halves underscores SpaceX’s commitment to sustainability and reusability, a cornerstone of their vision for space exploration. Although the center core was expended as planned, the mission encapsulates a promising future of more frequent launches and lower costs.


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