Falcon 9 Full Thrust
Echostar 105/SES-11

Falcon 9 Full Thrust | Echostar 105/SES-11

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 105/SES-11 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Wed, Oct 11th, 2017, 6:53 PM 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. The first stage of the Falcon 9 landed on the ASDS, OCISLY, stationed of the east coast.

Mission

Echostar 105/SES-11

Echostar 105, also known as SES-11, is a partnership between Echostar and SES for a communications satellite at the orbital position of 105 degrees West. Satellite's Ku-band and C-band capacity will allow it to replace the AMC-15 and AMC-18 satellites. Echostar 105 is to provide coverage of the North America, including Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean.

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.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 landed on the ASDS, OCISLY, stationed of the east coast.

Daytime RTLS landing, helped launch CRS-10 to the ISS

Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY)

The second ASDS barge, Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) services launches in the Atlantic Ocean and was the site of the first landing of a SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage during CRS-8, the launch of a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station.

Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS)

An autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) is an ocean-going vessel derived from a deck barge, outfitted with station-keeping engines and a large landing platform. Construction of such ships was commissioned by aerospace company SpaceX to allow for recovery of rocket first-stages at sea for high-velocity missions which do not carry enough fuel to return to the launch site after lofting spacecraft onto an orbital trajectory.

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