Sirius XM Hitches a Ride with SpaceX

Space Coast, FL – An early morning launch by SpaceX lifted off the SMX-8 satellite for Sirius XM. Launch occurred at 0026 EDT from SLC-40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. This marks the one-hundred and twenty-second mission for the Falcon 9 rocket fleet.

Falcon 9 B1061-3 lifts off for the Sirius XM SXM-8 mission
Falcon 9 B1061-3 lifts off on the SXM-8 mission | Photo: Crystal Gabriel

Sirius XM

The Sirius XM satellite will replenish their fleet. Providing satellite radio programming to consumers across North America. SXM-8 was built by Maxar Technologies, and features a large unfurlable S-band reflector to broadcast radio signals to users on the ground. You may find more details and mission overview here.

Wide Angle photo of the Falcon 9 lifting off with SXM-8
Wide Angle photo of the Falcon 9 lifting off with SXM-8| Photo: Jon Van Horne

The Falcon 9 rocket booster, B1061-3, successfully landed on the ASDS Just Read The instructions. The drone ship was took position off the coast of Florida. It will soon make it's way back to Port Canaveral in the following days.

Nine roaring Merlin engines thrust the Falcon 9 for deployment of the SXM-8 Satellite
Nine roaring Merlin engines totaling 1.9 million pounds of thrust to the Falcon 9 for deployment of the SXM-8 Satellite | Photo: Crystal Gabriel

This is now the second (2nd) launch in June by SpaceX and their eighteenth in total in 2021. SpaceX is planning two more launches for June 2021, they are, GPSIII SV05 and Transporter-2. See our launch schedule page for dates and times.

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