Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Watch SpaceX Launch And Land A Previously Used Rocket Live Right Here

Watch SpaceX Launch And Land A Previously Used Rocket Live Right Here

The Falcon 9 rocket "is now standing on the deck", said the SpaceX commentator, as video images showed the smoking rocket securely parked on the platform.

As its name suggests, EchoStar 105/SES-11 will be used by both the Colorado-based operator EchoStar and the Luxembourg company SES.

But a successful landing after launch may be hard because the Geo Stationary Transfer Orbit requires the first stage rocket to reach a significantly higher altitude than other recovered missions.

About half an hour after take-off, the SpaceX Falcon 9 second stage successfully deployed its payload to its target orbit, making the mission a success for SpaceX overall.

In this photo provided by NASA, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft await liftoff from NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.


Successful deployment of EchoStar 105/SES-11 to geostationary transfer orbit confirmed. This means that Falcon 9's first stage rocket will becoming down faster with less fuel to slow its descent than missions to lower orbits.

"And there it is!" said SpaceX firmware engineer Tom Praderio, who provided commentary during the company's launch webcast today. It was the "third successful mission with a flight-proven orbital class rocket", said SpaceX on Twitter.

SpaceX managed to recover the first stage again.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said he wants to make new boosters a thing of the past, as his company begins using more and more recycled hardware. The white rocket blasted off at 5:37 am (1237 GMT), before sunrise, from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. Eastern, carrying a satellite that will be used by Echostar Corp. and Taiwan's SES.

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