Iridium payload released from Falcon 9 rocket in orbit

Falcon 9 booster

Falcon 9 booster

EchoStar 105/SES-11, a high-powered hybrid Ku and C-band communications satellite, is a dual-mission satellite for US-based operator EchoStar and Luxembourg-based operator SES. Its thrusters will slow its descent for a controlled landing on SpaceX's remote-controlled droneship, the "Of Course I Still Love You", which is stationed in the Atlantic.

The present launch is commonplace to SpaceX since the organization has essentially done it sometime recently. The white rocket blasted off at 5:37 am (1237 GMT), before sunrise, from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. SpaceX launched the first two sets of 10 in January and June.

The Falcon 9 rocket was previously used to deliver cargo to the International Space Station in February. The first seven will deploy 10 satellites at a time and one will deploy five. The satellite will support the delivery of high-definition television broadcasts to viewers across North America. 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. Had the launch happened over the weekend it would have made for two launches within a 48 hour period for SpaceX, the company launched another rocket on Monday morning. In any case, the organization has bounced back in 2017, and it intends to finish an incredible 20 launches before the year end, as indicated by CEO Elon Musk.

If the Falcon 9 launches at the beginning of the window, it should be a lovely display on the Space Coast. There's a reinforcement launch date available on Tuesday at 8:31 AM ET.

The stream will begin about 15 minutes before liftoff.

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