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A Big Day for Rocketry!

Posted March 30, 2017 11:10 AM by Bayes

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver SES-10, a commercial communications satellite for SES, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). SES is a world-leading satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite communications solutions across the globe. The SES-10 mission will mark a historic milestone on the road to full and rapid reusability as the world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket.

Falcon 9’s first stage for the SES-10 mission previously supported the successful CRS-8 mission in April 2016. SpaceX is targeting launch of SES-10 from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The two and a half hour launch window opens on Thursday, March 30, at 6:27 p.m. EDT, or 10:27 p.m. UTC. The satellite will deploy approximately 32 minutes after launch. A backup launch window opens on Saturday, April 1, at 6:27 p.m. EDT, or 10:27 p.m. UTC.

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03/30/2017 12:50 PM

The first reuse of a commercial rocket to be reused.

How quickly they forget.

Nonetheless this is still a big day.

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03/30/2017 2:48 PM

Orbital class?

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03/30/2017 3:00 PM

Technically the reused first stage engines of the Falcon 9 never achieved orbit while the engines of the space shuttle did achieve orbit.

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03/30/2017 6:42 PM

Wow. What a great moment for space exploration. A used first stage was launched and recovered again. The cost of launching stuff into space just got a lot cheaper (not actually but you know what I mean I hope). Congrats to SpaceX!

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03/30/2017 9:30 PM

Hear here!!

Congratulations go to SpaceX for rebuilding and reusing a rocket!

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