SpaceX launches and lands recycled rocket

Thursday 12 October 2017 2 weeks ago 22   New York   Print

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Report  Web Desk : MIAMI: SpaceX launched a rocket that had already flown to space and landed it successfully on an ocean platform, as part of its ongoing effort to recycle costly rocket components. On a clear autumn evening at 6:53 pm (2253 GMT), the tall, white Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida carrying the Echostar 105/SES-11 satellite. "Could not be more perfect weather for a launch," said a commentator on SpaceX s live webcast. The satellite aims to provide television coverage and communications capabilities to North America, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. It is a "dual-mission" satellite for the US-based operator EchoStar and Luxembourg-based operator SES. About 10 minutes after launch, the tall portion of the rocket, known as the first stage, returned to Earth for a controlled, upright landing on a droneship called "Of Course I Still Love You," stationed in the Atlantic. The Falcon 9 rocket "is currently standing on the deck," said the SpaceX commentator, as video images showed the smoking rocket securely parked on the platform. "Yet another successful landing of a Falcon 9 first stage," he added. "This is our 18th successful landing." The Falcon 9 s first stage which launched Wednesday had previously flown on a cargo mission to the International Space Station in February. SpaceX flew a recycled rocket component for the first time in March of this year. Wednesday s launch was its "third successful mission with a flight-proven orbital class rocket," SpaceX said on Twitter. The effort is part of CEO Elon Musk s broader vision of making spaceflight more affordable and enabling easier, more economical rocket travel, both from city to city on Earth and eventually to deep space. (01)