SpaceX completes another successful mission with Falcor rocket

Credit Gene Blevins  LA Daily News

Credit Gene Blevins LA Daily News

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.

This was the booster's second successful landing; the first came on February 19, when the rocket stage helped send SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule on an uncrewed resupply run to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA.

United States space firm SpaceX has launched a commercial communications satellite into space with its third partly reused rocket.

San Francisco: Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. successfully launched another reused rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida as it continues its mission to drive down flight costs through refurbishment and reusability.

After reaching orbit, the second stage fired its rocket engine to maneuver into the proper orbit for deployment of the Echostar 105/SES-11 satellite. Overall, it was the private space company's 15th rocket launch of 2017.

The mission used a "flight proven" Falcon 9 rocket booster, which means it's flown to space previously before being recovered for reuse.

It was the second Falcon 9 liftoff this week, coming after a launch from California on Monday that successfully put 10 Iridium Next telecom satellites in orbit. "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".

After just three days from its last launch, SpaceX conducted another successful launch on October 11.

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.

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