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“Flight-Proven” Falcon 9 to Launch SES-10

SpaceX will take a major leap in its reusable rocket development program on Thursday, re-launching a previously flown Falcon 9 booster in an operational mission with the SES-10 communications satellite. The rocket’s first stage made its first trip to space and back in April 2016 with the Dragon SpX-8 spacecraft and is set to repeat the feat following liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center Thursday evening, marking a major milestone in SpaceX’s re-use ambitions.

SES-10 is set for a 32-minute climb into an elliptical Geostationary Transfer Orbit via two burns of Falcon’s upper stage. The 1st stage will only have a very small propellant reserve for its powered return to Earth, facing a challenging re-entry ahead of a landing attempt on the OCISLY Drone Ship

Live Video by SpaceX (Click here for the Technical Webcast)

Launch Date: March 30, 2017 Launch Updates
Time: 22:27-00:57 UTC SES-10 Overview
Launch Site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center Falcon 9 FT
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT (1021 Re-Use) Countdown Timeline
Payload: SES-10 (~5,282kg) Launch Profile
Ascent Duration: 32 Minutes SpaceX Archive
Target Orbit: 218 x 35,400km, 26.2°  
 ASDS Location: 550km S-E of LC-39A  

 

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