San Francisco: Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. successfully launched another reused rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida as it continues its mission to drive down flight costs through refurbishment and reusability. The landing was a success for SpaceX's ongoing effort to re-use expensive rocket parts instead of jettisoning them into the ocean after launch.
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.
The pinpoint landing was the 18 successful recovery of a Falcon's first stage.
After reaching orbit, the second stage fired its rocket engine to maneuver into the proper orbit for deployment of the Echostar 105/SES-11 satellite. The satellite will cover the Americas, including Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean, from the 105 degrees west orbital location. Newcomer satellite operator Bulgaria Sat was the second, with BulgariaSat-1 in June.
The mission used a "flight proven" Falcon 9 rocket booster, which means it's flown to space previously before being recovered for reuse. The white rocket blasted off at 5:37 am (1237 GMT), before sunrise, from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
What time is the SpaceX launch? If all goes well, the rocket will deliver the satellite to GTO about 36 minutes after liftoff, and then land on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship soon afterwards. Its payload was a communications satellite capable of broadcasting on both the Ku-band for client EchoStar, and the C-Band fro SES.
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.