SpaceX Rocket Launch October 11, 2017

Pablo Tucker
October 12, 2017

The satellite is called EchoStar 105/SES-11 and was built by Luxembourg-based operator Société Européenne des Satellites (SES).

On Wednesday afternoon the weather was looking 90 percent favorable for the two-hour launch window that was set to open at 6:53 p.m. EDT.

Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 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.

If the Falcon 9 launches at the beginning of the window, it should be a handsome display on the Space Coast. SES has shown a lot of confidence in the company's ability to bring safe, reusable launch rockets to the market and has previously employed a previously-flow booster - back in the time when SpaceX's ability in this field remained largely untested. The satellite weighs approximately 5,200kg and will thus allow the reused Falcon 9 first stage to be recovered aboard the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You.

The fourth Iridium Next launch is scheduled for November. It will happen at the same launch pad that was used for the Apollo missions and space shuttle launches in the past.

EchoStar 105/SES-11 provides EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz, marketed as EchoStar 105, while it provides SES with a C-band payload of 24 transponders, marketed under the name SES-11. The satellite will support the delivery of high-definition television broadcasts to viewers across North America.

Watch the launch live on NASA T.V. or on SpaceX's website.

SpaceX first re-flew one of these landed boosters on March 30, during the successful launch of the SES-10 communications satellite.

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