SpaceX launches 10 satellites for Iridium mobile network

SpaceX launches 10 satellites for Iridium mobile network

Video: Iridium payload released from Falcon 9 rocket in orbit

SES-11, scheduled for launch at 6:53 p.m. EDT (3:53 p.m. PDT) on October 11, will be yet another important step along the path of normalizing reuse in the launch industry.

The Falcon 9 booster to be launched on Wednesday made its maiden voyage on February, 2017, on a mission to resupply the ISS.

In just a handful of hours, a reused Falcon 9 rocket is expected to lift off from SpaceX's Florida-based LC-39A launch pad, the second launch for the company in just under 60 hours.

The satellite is called EchoStar 105/SES-11 and was built by Luxembourg-based operator Société Européenne des Satellites (SES). The rocket is now ready for another flight.

The satellite launched on Wednesday will provide high-definition broadcasts to the U.S. and other parts of North America.

SpaceX first re-flew one of these landed boosters on March 30, during the successful launch of the SES-10 communications satellite.

The rocket carried 10 satellites mounted on a two-tier dispenser atop the Falcon 9 second stage.

Wednesday's flight will be brief. The live stream is likely to start above around 15 minutes prior to the launch.

"The satellite will be deployed approximately 36 minutes after liftoff", SpaceX announced.

Such activities are part of SpaceX's effort to develop fully and rapidly reusable rockets, which could revolutionize spaceflight by slashing its cost, company CEO and founder Elon Musk has said.

Following separation, the first stage will attempt a landing on the "Of course I still live you" droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

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