SpaceX launched into space Falcon 9

SpaceX launched into space Falcon 9

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket disappears into clouds after it lifted off on a supply mission to the International Space Station from historic launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 19, 2017. Powered by nine Merlin 1D engines, the Falcon 9's previously-flown first stage guided the rocket downrange east over the Atlantic Ocean, then detached and descended to an on-target landing on a floating ocean-going platform.

Successful deployment of EchoStar 105/SES-11 to geostationary transfer orbit confirmed. While the current version of Falcon 9 is less easily reused than it could be, precisely that issue will be dealt with through the introduction of Falcon 9 Block 5, which will feature an array of upgrades meant to ready the vehicle for crewed flights but also to drastically improve the ease of Falcon 9 reuse. The satellite will cover the Americas, including Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean, from the 105 degrees west orbital location.

The latest Falcon 9 rocket launch marks the third time when the company has successfully launched and landed a rocket that had already flown. Overall, it was the private space company's 15th rocket launch of 2017.

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

This is the second launch this week for SpaceX, after it competed its Iridium-3 mission on Monday morning. At the time, Chief Technology Officer Martin Halliwell said the successful mission "made a little bit of history and opened the door to a whole new era of spaceflight". Englewood, Colorado-based EchoStar is leasing the Ku-band payload for 10 years, branded as EchoStar-105, while SES uses the C-band payload as SES-11.

SES-11 is a broadcast-focused payload that replaces the 13-year old AMC-18, and is created to support high definition and Ultra-HD television.

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