Es’hail-2 successfully launched from Kennedy Space Center
Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, announced today the successful launch of Es’hail-2 satellite on board a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. Lift-off of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Es’hail-2 satellite took place at 23:46 Doha time. Es’hail-2 satellite separated from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket at 00:18 Doha time on 16 November and the solar panels were fully deployed about 2 hours after liftoff. The spacecraft is currently in its transfer orbit, and Es’hailSat expects to bring the satellite in to commercial service at 26°E orbital position by January 2019, upon completion of in Orbit Tests.