Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Watch SpaceX launch a re-flown Falcon 9 rocket live right here

Watch SpaceX launch a re-flown Falcon 9 rocket live right here

SpaxeX has only launched what it calls "flight proven" boosters twice before, but the company hopes a successful mission today will prove that the practice is reliable.

Beginning with SES-10's launch in March 2017 and BulgariaSat-1 in June 2017, SES-11 will be the third commercial reuse of a Falcon 9 in a bit less than seven months.

The two-hour launch window opens at 6:53 p.m. - four minutes before sundown - with a backup launch set for Thursday at 6:53 p.m.

The first stage of this Falcon 9 rocket was flown on February 19 to send cargo to the International Space Station. It pushed a Dragon capsule laden with supplies up to the ISS and then landed along Florida's coast.

The mission will serve Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES, a long-time customer of SpaceX.

Catch the launch and landing live at livestream below. 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.

To date, SpaceX has landed Falcon 9 first stages on 17 separate occasions, the latest being Monday's mission (Oct. 9th). The rocket is now ready for another flight.

It would also continue an impressive streak of launches and what's shaping up to be a remarkably productive year for the company.

Wednesday's flight will be brief.

The powerful first stage will fall away after launch and is scheduled to land down-range onto SpaceX's floating barge, Of course I still love you. The live stream is likely to start above around 15 minutes prior to the launch.

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