Falcon 9 Full Thrust | Echostar 23

SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 Full Thrust (Block 3) Rocket

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SpaceX was scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 Full Thrust (Block 3) rocket as part of the Echostar 23 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Thu, Mar 16th, 2017, 1:35 AM EDT from Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL. The status of the launch was Success with a 90% chance for favorable weather conditions. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Falcon 9 Full Thrust (Block 3) and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

Echostar 23

Echostar 23 is a geostationary communications satellite, which will provide direct-to-home television broadcast services over Brazil. Being a flexible Ku-band satellite, it is capable of providing service from any of eight different orbital slots.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Falcon 9 Full Thrust

The Full Thrust variants first stage includes all systems necessary for an operational re-use of stages while the second stage is operated as an expendable rocket stage.

SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

Expended during Echostar 23.

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