The Falcon 9 booster to be launched on Wednesday made its maiden voyage on February, 2017, on a mission to resupply the ISS.
Watch a replay from a camera mounted on-board SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket as it released one of 10 Iridium Next communications satellites Monday almost 400 miles above Earth. "A successful landing of the first stage", SpaceX commentator John Innsbrucker said on the company's live webcast, as applause erupted at SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California. This will be the third occasion ever that Musk's company launches a "flight proven" booster, a term they use to refer to previously-flown components.
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This time, the payload features a high-powered, hybrid communications satellite shared by SES and EchoStar. SpaceX successfully flew a mission with a used rocket for the first time in March.
The launch was the first of two planned this week by SpaceX. The rocket is now ready for another flight.
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The rocket carried 10 satellites mounted on a two-tier dispenser atop the Falcon 9 second stage.
It would also continue an impressive streak of launches and what's shaping up to be a remarkably productive year for the company. EchoStar 105/SES-11 is scheduled to be deployed into high transfer orbit some 36 minutes after launch.
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Once the satellite is detached, the Falcon9 will bend back towards Earth and land on the "Of Course I Love You" spaceport vessel, which will be waiting in the Atlantic Ocean. The live stream is likely to start above around 15 minutes prior to the launch.