Weather looks good for Wednesday sunset SpaceX launch

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SpaceX is using another refurbished rocket this afternoon - this one is the the third Falcon 9 first stage booster that the company has refurbished and used again.

The two-hour window for today's launch starts at 9:53AM AEST (6:53PM EDT, 22:53 UTC).

SES Satellites has been one of SpaceX's most-ardent backers, having been the first customer to hitch a ride on a previously launched rocket in March.

The payload to be launched today is the SES-11/EchoStar 105 geostationary communications satellite, which will eventually help provide high speed data services to the North Americas, namely digital television.

After just three days from its last launch, SpaceX conducted another successful launch on October 11.

The mission also marked the 14th launch of SpaceX in 2017 and the 17th successful landing of a Falcon 9 first stage, according to Xinhua news agency.

Post launch, the first stage will return for another landing on droneship, Of Course I Still Love You, in the Atlantic Ocean.

The tall, white Falcon 9 rocket launched the Echostar 105/SES-11 satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

This is a welcome change from past year, when SpaceX experienced a major setback - A Falcon 9 rocket blew up during what should have been a routine test.

Minutes later the now doubly "flight-proven" booster safely made its way back to Cape Canaveral after reigniting its engines to carry out another upright soft landing and recovery - that potentially sets the stage for an unprecedented third launch. EchoStar 105/SES-11 replaces Ku-band capacity for AMC-15 and C-band capacity for AMC-18 at SES' well-established 105 degrees West orbital slot.

"SES-11 is a high-powered communications satellite created to especially accelerate the development of the USA video neighbourhood, and the delivery of HD and UHD channels".

SpaceX will deliver a communications satellite created to broadcast television over the US and parts of the Caribbean this evening.

SpaceX will stream the entire launch for free on YouTube.

The second reflown booster successfully launched the BulgariaSat-1 a few months later. It will happen at the same launch pad that was used for the Apollo missions and space shuttle launches in the past.

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.

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