Oct. 30 (UPI) -- SpaceX delivered another communications satellite into orbit. The company's Falcon 9 rocket blasted-off from Kennedy Space Center on Monday afternoon.
The rocket carried KT Sat's Koreasat 5A communications satellite into orbit. It was the company's 16th launch of 2017. The launch and delivery was streamed live.
Shortly after the satellite separated from the rocket's final stage, SpaceX declared the mission a success.
Successful deployment of Koreasat-5A to geostationary transfer orbit confirmed.- SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 30, 2017
The satellite, also known as Mugungwha 5A, will be delivered into a geostationary orbit. Outfitted with 36 Ku-band transponders, Koreasat 5A will deliver broadcasting and internet services to customers in Korea, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
In preparation for today's launch, Koreasat 5A was lifted upright at launchpad 39A on Sunday.
The new satellite will replace KT Sat's Koreasat-5 spacecraft, which was deployed in 2006. Problems with the satellite's solar arrays have forced the communications company to retire the craft.
The Falcon 9 has flown more than any other rocket in 2017, and the aerospace company has four more missions scheduled before the end of the year.
Monday's mission once again utilized the Falcon 9's landing capabilities. The rocket's first stage landed safely on the 'Of Course I Still Love You' droneship, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.