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SpaceX Aims to Launch Second Falcon 9 in Three Days Tonight

12 October 2017

A previously flown rocket is set to deliver a hybrid communications satellite, EchoStar 105/SES-11, for Luxemburg company, SES. It's the first of two launches the organization intends to endeavor this week on opposite coasts of the US. SpaceX will also be trying to recover the Falcon 9 first stage yet again, with a landing at see aboard its autonomous drone ship 'Of Course I Still Love You'.

The present launch is commonplace to SpaceX since the organization has essentially done it sometime recently. SpaceX refurbished the booster core from the January 14, 2017, Iridium flight and used it to launch a Bulgarian communications satellite on June 23. The landing was a success for SpaceX's ongoing effort to re-use expensive rocket parts instead of jettisoning them into the ocean after launch. The satellite will help provide media access across North America and expand current coverage to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, according to EchoStar.

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Beginning with SES-10's launch in March 2017 and BulgariaSat-1 in June 2017, SES-11 will be the third commercial reuse of a Falcon 9 in a bit less than seven months. 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. A backup launch window was scheduled for Thursday just in case the mission has to be scrubbed Wednesday.

To date, SpaceX has landed Falcon 9 first stages on 17 separate occasions, the latest being Monday's mission (Oct. 9th). Up until this point, the climate is looking entirely useful for launch, with a 90 percent chance that conditions will be positive.

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"The satellite will be deployed approximately 36 minutes after liftoff", SpaceX announced.

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SpaceX Aims to Launch Second Falcon 9 in Three Days Tonight