SpaceX Launches Two Electric Satellites

Falcon 9 launch (Credit: SpaceX)
Falcon 9 launch (Credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX successfully launched two all-electric communications satellites on Sunday night, marking the first time the company’s Falcon 9 rocket has launched a pair of primary payloads.

The Falcon 9 lifted off on time at 10:50 p.m. EST, lofting the ABS-3A and Eutelsat 115 West B satellites into orbit. The Boeing spacecraft feature lightweight, all-electric xenon-ion propulsion, a first for satellites.

Due to fuel limitations, the rocket’s first stage did not have legs to allow it to land on an off-shore barge.

This was the third Falcon 9 launch of 2015 in what promises to be a busy year for SpaceX.