SpaceX launches, lands recycled rocket

TechCrunch reported that SpaceX will launch again Wednesday, sending an EchoStar and SES joint high-powered communications satellite in space from Kennedy Space Center in Florida with a reusable Falcon 9 first stage rocket.

This is SpaceX's 15th mission of the year, and the second time it has pulled off bicoastal launches in a three-day period. Successfully placed in orbit, the dual-mission satellite will be shared by Colorado-based EchoStar and SES, a Luxembourg company. The same booster first flew on a February mission to the International Space Station with a Dragon capsule. The rocket's first stage successfully landed moments later on a SpaceX drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. It was the third time SpaceX has used a "flight-proven" first stage on a mission. During the last launch, the Elon Musk-led company sent its 12th Falcon 9 booster of 2017.

SpaceX is preparing for its second rocket launch of the week Wednesday evening.

The launch for LC-39A occurred at the beginning of SpaceX's two-hour window, which opened at 6:53 PM EDT. "One of our core strategies is to offer new services that are either flat out impossible or not easily replicated by more traditional "bent pipe" and geostationary systems".

EchoStar-105/SES-11 is a 5,200-kilogram telecommunications satellite from European manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space with 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders. It'll provide Ku-band communication services through EchoStar for commercial and USA government customers, as well as high-definition and ultra-high-def video service through SES in the C-band part of the spectrum. The company has the option to renew annually after the the 10-year lease has elapsed.

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