SpaceX launches 15th mission of the year on previously flown rocket booster

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The Falcon 9 rocket "is now standing on the deck", said the SpaceX commentator, as video images showed the smoking rocket securely parked on the platform. It carried a satellite with a dual-purpose mission for both EchoStar and SES.

The rocket being used for Wednesday's launch was previously used in February for an International Space Station supply mission.

USA space firm SpaceX has launched a commercial communications satellite into space with its third partly reused rocket.

A previously flown rocket is set to deliver a hybrid communications satellite, EchoStar 105/SES-11, for Luxemburg company, SES. And that did indeed happen; the Falcon 9's second stage deployed the satellite into its planned geostationary transfer orbit 36 minutes after liftoff. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Newcomer satellite operator Bulgaria Sat was the second, with BulgariaSat-1 in June.

SpaceX has now launched 15 times this year and landed 18 boosters overall.

SpaceX managed to recover the first stage again. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

SpaceX is participating in eight launches that are sending a total of 75 Iridium satellites into space, according to the Iridium statement.

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 company has the option to renew annually after the the 10-year lease has elapsed. It'll provide Ku-band communication services through EchoStar for commercial and US government customers, as well as high-definition and ultra-high-def video service through SES in the C-band part of the spectrum.

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