United States space firm SpaceX has launched a commercial communications satellite into space with its third partly reused rocket.
The satellite is called EchoStar 105/SES-11 and was built by Luxembourg-based operator Société Européenne des Satellites (SES). The rocket deployed in Wednesday's launch was previously used in a resupply mission for the International Space Station in February. The rocket's first stage successfully landed moments later on a SpaceX drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
The launch carried a high-powered communications satellite for customers EchoStar Corp. and SES SA to geostationary transfer orbit.
This is already the 15th successful launch of the carrier rocket in 2017 and the second in a week.
"Yet another successful landing of a Falcon 9 first stage", he added.
This is the second launch this week for SpaceX, after it competed its Iridium-3 mission on Monday morning.
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"And there it is!" said SpaceX firmware engineer Tom Praderio, who provided commentary during the company's launch webcast today.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said he wants to make new boosters a thing of the past, as his company begins using more and more recycled hardware. 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.
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.
The hybrid satellite is created to operate from geostationary orbit over North America for 15 years.