Falcon 9 to Launch EchoStar-23

An expendable Falcon 9 has become a seldom sight nowadays as SpaceX makes great strides recovering booster stages in support of the company's re-use ambitions. Such a rare beast, a legless Falcon 9, will be tasked with delivering the EchoStar-23 communications satellite to orbit on March 16. No attempt will be made to recover the booster as the satellite's delivery does not allow for sufficient fuel reserves needed in the propulsive first stage return.

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Launch Date: March 16, 2017Launch Updates
Time: 05:35-08:05 UTCEchoStar-23 Overview
Launch Site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space CenterFalcon 9 FT
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FTCountdown Timeline
Payload: EchoStar-23 (~5,500kg)Launch Profile
Ascent Duration: 34 MinutesSpaceX Archive
Target Orbit: GTO