SpaceX launches satellite with third reused rocket

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SpaceX launches communications satellite, lands booster

Good things came in threes for SpaceX today: For the third time, it used a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket booster to send a payload into space, and had that booster land itself on an oceangoing platform. Among them, two launches took place this week within a matter of 3 days.

It was the second Falcon 9 liftoff this week, coming after a launch from California on Monday that successfully put 10 Iridium Next telecom satellites in orbit.

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Built by Airbus, EchoStar 105/SES 11 is a dual-mission satellite, providing SES with 24 C-band transponders of 36 MHz and EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz.

In this case, the landing spot was the deck of an autonomous drone ship named "Of Course I Still Love You", stationed hundreds of miles out in the Atlantic Ocean.

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SES-11 is created to accelerate the development of the U.S. Prime video neighborhood and the delivery of HD and UHD channels.

SES-11 is created to accelerate the development of the US Prime video neighbourhood and the delivery of high definition (HD) and ultra-high definition (UHD) channels. After the booster landed, it was refurbished at SpaceX's Florida facility. SpaceX is constantly trying to successfully recover as many rockets as possible with minimum damage and Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX, has recently announced that the company is going to use its rockets to colonize Mars.

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Rocket recovery was part of an ongoing effort by SpaceX to bring down spaceflight costs.The satellite launched on Wednesday will be used by both US-based operator EchoStar and Luxembourg-based operator SES.

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