SpaceX's rocket-securing robot, known as Octagrabber, seen on OCISLY after another successful rocket recovery, August 12th.
Unfortunately for us mere mortals watching it unfold at home, the video feed onboard the first stage cut out just as it landed. Less than 109 minutes after liftoff, the rocket booster stuck a landing aboard SpaceX's East Coast drone ship named "Of Course I Still Love You".
However, rain and heavy clouds forced the company to push back the launch three times, until the Falcon 9 rocket was finally cleared for take-off after a 77-minute delay.
The Telstar 18 VANTAGE is the third high throughput satellite (HTS) for Canadian company Telesat's global fleet.
B1049 stands proud after a successful landing aboard drone ship OCISLY. That gap between launches was the longest since late 2017, when a month and a half passed between Falcon 9 launches of Koreasat 5A and a Dragon cargo resupply mission.
Once in operation, the satellite will provide Telesat and APT Satellite with C-band and Ku-band spectrum, boosting communications services for customers, including governments and broadcast providers, in the Asia-Pacific region.
The new satellite "will replace and expand on the capabilities of Telesat's Telstar 18 satellite", which launched in 2004, SpaceX officials said in their statement.
Telstar 18V is also the second-heaviest communications satellite ever launched, weighing in at 15,564 lbs.
Next up for SpaceX is the launch of Argentina's SAOCOM 1A Earth-observation satellite, slated to take place on October 7 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.