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Eutelsat/ABS Mission in Photos
On June 15, 2016, Falcon 9 successfully delivered two commercial communications satellites, Eutelsat 117 West B and ABS-2A, to their targeted Geosynchronous Transfer Orbits (GTO). The two satellites, operated by Eutelsat and ABS respectively, will provide global communication services to a variety of users.
Liftoff of the Falcon 9 carrying the Eutelsat 117 West B and ABS-2A satellites to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).
Nine Merlin engines power the Falcon 9 first stage, reaching up to 1.8M lbs of thrust in the vacuum of space.
On the left, grid fins are deployed on the Falcon 9 first stage as it returns back towards Earth; on the right, the nozzle of the second stage Merlin Vacuum engine glows bright as the second stage carries the satellites to the targeted orbit.
Behind the ABS-2A satellite seen above, the Eutelsat 117 West B satellite (not visible) is successfully deployed.
View of the ABS-2A satellite being successfully deployed from the Falcon 9 second stage.