SpaceX successfully launches and recovers third reused rocket

Mindy Sparks
October 12, 2017

The rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida around 7 p.m.

The launch carried a high-powered communications satellite for customers EchoStar Corp. and SES SA to geostationary transfer orbit.

This will be SpaceX's third launch of a reused first stage rocket.

The rocket's first stage for the mission previously supported SpaceX's 10th resupply mission to the International Space Station in February of this year.

"Yet another successful landing of a Falcon 9 first stage", he added.

Another SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted into low-earth orbit just after 5:30 a.m. on October 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Newcomer satellite operator Bulgaria Sat was the second, with BulgariaSat-1 in June.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said he wants to make new boosters a thing of the past, as his company begins using more and more recycled hardware.

SpaceX will deliver a communications satellite created to broadcast television over the United States of America and parts of the Caribbean this evening. It was the "third successful mission with a flight-proven orbital class rocket", said SpaceX on Twitter. "You can see the EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite successfully deployed from the top of the Falcon 9 second stage, gliding away into space". It'll provide Ku-band communication services through EchoStar for commercial and USA government customers, as well as high-definition and ultra-high-def video service through SES in the C-band part of the spectrum.

EchoStar's half of the satellite is designed for television broadcast, government and enterprise communications.

SES-11 is a broadcast-focused payload that replaces the 13-year old AMC-18, and is created to support high definition and Ultra-HD television.

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