SpaceX Successfully Launches Another Rocket

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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.

After about half an hour after take-off, that is 2:30 in the morning in Kiev, the second stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 successfully delivered its payload into the target orbit.

As its name suggests, EchoStar 105/SES-11 will be used by both the Colorado-based operator EchoStar and the Luxembourg company 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.

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This will be SpaceX's third launch of a reused first stage rocket. This will be the third occasion ever that Musk's company launches a "flight proven" booster, a term they use to refer to previously-flown components.

SpaceX now has a total of 18 Falcon 9 first-stage touchdowns under its belt. Another launch helped loft the BulgariaSat-1 spacecraft on June 23.

Early Monday, a SpaceX Falcon soared from Southern California with Iridium satellites. The back-to-back launches are a testament to the rapid pace that SpaceX has established.

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. Eastern, carrying a satellite that will be used by Echostar Corp. and Taiwan's SES. 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".

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