Reused SpaceX rocket to carry communications satellite into orbit

On 25 June, they launched the second batch during SpaceX's "weekend doubleheader" when it launched back-to-back Falcon 9 rocket launches and landings in just 48 hours.

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.

Falcon 9 1031 ready to conduct its second launch with SES-11.

This evening's mission will be powered by a first stage booster that was used for a previous launch in February. It pushed a Dragon capsule laden with supplies up to the ISS and then landed along Florida's coast.

Today's launch is for EchoStar and SES, a satellite with a dual objective for both of these clients.

The present launch is commonplace to SpaceX since the organization has essentially done it sometime recently. Halliwell added that SES does get a minor discount for using a pre-flown discount, and said that in the future: '"You'll just buy a launch service and whether it's a new vehicle or a reflown vehicle, maybe some bits of both - it's not going to matter". That's more than any other country or company in the world has managed this year, and it's bound to make SpaceX's competitors quite uneasy.

About seven minutes after launch, the tall portion of the Falcon 9, known as the first stage, returned to Earth for an upright landing.

"A successful landing of the first stage", a SpaceX commentator said on the company's live webcast, as applause erupted at SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California.

Later today, SpaceX will launch a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), where it will drop off an EchoStar 105/SES-11 communications satellite.

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