SpaceX Rocket Launch October 11, 2017

James Marshall
Октября 12, 2017

It only took the spaceflight company about 8 months to get the Falcon 9 rocket used tonight into good shape after its first launch and landing earlier this year.

After about half an hour after take-off, that is 2:30 in the morning in Kiev, the second stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 successfully delivered its payload into the target orbit.

EchoStar 105/SES-11, a high-powered hybrid Ku and C-band communications satellite, is a dual-mission satellite for US-based operator EchoStar and Luxembourg-based operator SES. About 8.5 minutes later, the first stage came back to Earth for a pinpoint landing on the robotic SpaceX ship named "Of Course I Still Love You", which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

On a clear autumn evening at 6:53 pm (2253 GMT), the tall, white Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida carrying the Echostar 105/SES-11 satellite. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Falcon 9 booster to be launched on Wednesday made its maiden voyage on February, 2017, on a mission to resupply the ISS. Of note, this will be the third time that SpaceX will have launched a previously flown booster.

"Couldn't be more flawless weather for a launch", said a commentator on SpaceX's live webcast. Titanium grid fins, as seen during the Iridium-2 mission earlier this year, are a feature of the Block 5 goal, but the main modification is expected to be the addition of a new sort of heat shield to cover the octaweb structure that holds the vehicle's 9 Merlin 1D rocket engines. 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.

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