Video: Expendable Falcon 9 Mission with EchoStar-23

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lit up the night skies over Florida’s Space Coast on Thursday, embarking on a rare expendable mission with the heavy EchoStar 23 communications satellite. Checking off its third success of the year, Falcon 9 delivered its heaviest payload to date to Geostationary Transfer Orbit – leaving no propellant reserve for the powered return of the rocket’s booster.

>>Read our Launch Recap