SpaceX Satellites Launched, Rocket Hits Landing

SpaceX Satellites Launched, Rocket Hits Landing

SpaceX is preparing to launch its second Falcon 9 rocket in three days from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

The satellite is called EchoStar 105/SES-11 and was built by Luxembourg-based operator Société Européenne des Satellites (SES). It was the 14 time SpaceX launched into space this year and it was the 17 time overall that the Falcon 9 first stage safely returned, making it available for reuse, Space.com noted.

The pinpoint landing was the 18 successful recovery of a Falcon's first stage.


On Sunday, SpaceX successfully propelled 10 satellites into orbit aboard a rocket launched at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The rocket went through stage separation minutes into its ascent - and in what has now become a well-worn routine, the second stage blasted onward into orbit while the first stage went through a series of autonomous maneuvers to fly itself to its landing spot. The satellite will cover the Americas, including Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean, from the 105 degrees west orbital location. Tonight's launch would be the 15th for SpaceX this year, accounting for more rocket launches in 2017 than not only any other spaceflight company, but any other country. During the last launch, the Elon Musk-led company sent its 12th Falcon 9 booster of 2017. Another launch helped loft the BulgariaSat-1 spacecraft on June 23. "One of our core strategies is to offer new services that are either flat out impossible or not easily replicated by more traditional "bent pipe" and geostationary systems". Its payload was a communications satellite capable of broadcasting on both the Ku-band for client EchoStar, and the C-Band fro SES.

The hybrid satellite is created to operate from geostationary orbit over North America for 15 years.

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