Unlike past missions, however, Monday's launch saw the Falcon 9 deliver a massive payload to space, and never return to Earth, all for the sake of better internet.
He confirmed that the Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite was successfully deployed to a distant, geostationary orbit. He claimed that SpaceX had the financial advantage of being vertically integrated from "design, development, production, launch and operations" to achieve global high-speed 5G broadband coverage from space at an affordable price. That time, the Hawthorne space company - whose full name is Space Exploration Technologies Corp. - launched a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office.
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on Monday carrying a commercial communications satellite. The weather on Florida's Space Coast is looking fine for a rocket launch, with a 90 percent chance of favorable conditions.
Inmarsat 5 F4 counts as the sixth SpaceX launch of 2017.
Elon Musk's SpaceX is continuing its launch after launch with the Falcon 9's blastoff set for early Monday evening, May 15.
The mission got underway at 7:21 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) when the Falcon 9's first-stage engines ignited with a rush of fiery exhaust. This is the same launch pad used by the Apollo missions, in particular Apollo 11 which took mankind to the first Moon landing. The next blast off is scheduled for two weeks from now on June 1, when yet another Falcon 9 will venture into space to restock supplies for the International Space Station. If successful, it would be a record of six launches in just four months.