SpaceX launched a commercial communication satellite with its third partly reused rocket successfully. The take-off occurred from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on October 11, 2017.
The Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite into the orbit. This marked 15th rocket launch of 2017 and third successful launch with used rocket for SpaceX.
The used rocket flew for a Space Station resupply mission in February 2017. It marked the first stage of the mission. The U.S. aerospace firm recovered the first stage successfully. So, it enabled the company to reuse Falcon 9, if it was in good condition.
SpaceX’s two-hour window for the launch commenced at 6:53 PM EDT. The launch took place at the beginning of the window. The dual-purpose mission of the satellite was to broadcast on the Ku-band for EchoStar and the C-band for SES.
The rocket landed vertically on the SpaceX drone ship ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ in the Atlantic Ocean. This marked 18th successful landing of the first stage of Falcon 9 for SpaceX.
This also marked the second launch of the second week of October 2017. SpaceX finished its Iridium-3 mission on October 9, 2017. The space firm aims to increase the pace of launches as well as reuse rockets within 24 hours. So, it will enable them to launch multiple rockets in the same week.
The second stage of Falcon 9 deployed the satellite into its target orbit after about a half hour of take-off. It confirmed SpaceX’s mission was successful.