The Jakarta Post
Flying high: The Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the PT Telkom-owned Merah Putih satellite, launches from Cape Canaveral, United States, on Tuesday. The satellite is expected to reach its orbit on Aug. 18. (Source: Antara/AFP/SpaceX, Graphic: JP/Swi, Photo: Antara/Saptono)It was a tense eight minutes for everyone involved.
For those working at PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), launching a satellite from Cape Canaveral in the United States is a tense and emotional occasion, given that 42 years ago the company sent its first telecommunication satellite, Palapa A1, into orbit from the same spot.
For space transportation firm SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, it was the first time that it had used a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket, a vehicle that the company hopes can be used at least 10 times before any refurbishment is needed.
The plan was to have Falcon 9 lift off at 1:15 a.m. loc...