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SpaceX successfully launches and recovers third reused Falcon 9 rocket

Theresa Hayes | 12 October, 2017, 11:35

After their last launch on Monday, performed at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, SpaceX is working on a follow-up mission, due Wednesday, Oct. 11 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

About half an hour after take-off, the SpaceX Falcon 9 second stage successfully deployed its payload to its target orbit, making the mission a success for SpaceX overall.

SpaceX completed its third launch with a previously used first stage booster October 11, carrying a geostationary satellite for customers EchoStar and SES.

Some four minutes after launch, the already pre-flown first stage of the rocket landed on a floating barge (named "Of course I still love you") some 600 kms downrange and off Florida's East coast.

Successful deployment of EchoStar 105/SES-11 to geostationary transfer orbit confirmed.

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.

The Falcon 9 booster to be launched on Wednesday made its maiden voyage on February, 2017, on a mission to resupply the ISS. "We are also proud to launch on another SpaceX flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket and to continuously participate in innovative technology developments within the launch industry". Thus, this part of the rocket can go into space for the third time. Titanium grid fins, as seen during the Iridium-2 mission earlier this year, are a feature of the Block 5 goal, but the main modification is expected to be the addition of a new sort of heat shield to cover the octaweb structure that holds the vehicle's 9 Merlin 1D rocket engines. Eastern, carrying a satellite that will be used by Echostar Corp. and Taiwan's SES.