Photos: ‘Flight-Proven’ Falcon 9 Blasts Off in Sunset Scenery

A ‘flight-proven’ SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida’s Launch Complex 39A at 22:53 UTC on October 11, 2017 carrying the SES 11 satellite into Geostationary Transfer Orbit. The 5,200-Kilogram SES 11 enjoyed a flawless ride to its high-energy orbital destination, separating from the launch vehicle 36 minutes after launch to begin a 15-year mission delivering broadcasting services to North America. The 1st stage booster – having first flown on the Dragon SpX-10 mission in February – successfully landed on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ Drone Ship, extending SpaceX’s streak of successful recoveries to fourteen.

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