Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

SpaceX launch tonight from Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX launch tonight from Kennedy Space Center

After the recent launch, most of the Falcon 9 rocket effectively arrived on one of SpaceX's drone ships in the Pacific.

The first stage of this Falcon 9 has flown once before: On Feb. 19, it helped launch SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsuleon an uncrewed resupply run to the International Space Station for NASA. It's the first of two launches the organization intends to endeavor this week on opposite coasts of the US. If this third launch of a "flight proven" booster proves successful, SpaceX will likely have a much easier time of finding customers for flight-proven rockets in the future. The rest will keep on being propelled in 10-satellite augmentations throughout the following year, alongside one launch of five.

The Falcon 9 will carry a high-powered communications satellite, which will work double-duty for the USA -based operator EchoStar and Luxembourg-based SES. 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.

SpaceX is gearing a rocket for its second mission in the last three days. Halliwell added that SES does get a minor discount for using a pre-flown discount, and said that in the future: '"You'll just buy a launch service and whether it's a new vehicle or a reflown vehicle, maybe some bits of both - it's not going to matter". The present launch is slated for 8:37 AM ET and SpaceX have a prompt launch window, so the organization must launch around then or reschedule.

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

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