SpaceX is employing another refurbished rocket this afternoon — this one is the third Falcon 9 first-stage booster the company has refurbished and used again. This is also the second launch attempt this week, after SpaceX successfully launched a mission for client Iridium on Monday.
Today’s launch is for EchoStar and SES, a spacecraft with a dual objective for both sets of clients. The satellite is called EchoStar 105 and SES-1 1 because of its dual mission, and it’s designed to offer both C-Band and Ku-band broadcast abilities for EchoStar and communications for SES.
The launch window opens at 6:53 PM EDT, or 3:53 PM PDT today, and it’s a two-hour window. The live stream is likely to start above around 15 minutes prior to the launch. SpaceX will also be trying to recover the Falcon 9 first-stage yet again, with a landing at sea aboard its autonomous drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You.”
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