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Default SpaceX 3rd F9 Reflight: ECHOSTAR 105/SES-11 (October 11, 22:53 UTC)
by Nicholas Kang 10-11-2017, 10:44 AM







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SpaceX is targeting launch of EchoStar 105/SES-11 from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The two-hour launch window opens on Wednesday, October 11 at 6:53 p.m. EDT, or 22:53 UTC. A two-hour backup launch window opens on Thursday, October 12 at 6:53 p.m. EDT, or 22:53 UTC. The satellite will be deployed approximately 36 minutes after liftoff.

Falcon 9’s first stage for the EchoStar 105/SES-11 mission previously supported SpaceX’s 10th resupply mission to the International Space Station (CRS-10) in February of this year. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will attempt a landing on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:12 PM   #2
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Another great launch and first stage recovery. Almost seems to be becoming "Old Hat" by now.
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Successful S/C Separation!



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 Another great launch and first stage recovery. Almost seems to be becoming "Old Hat" by now.
Yup agree. 2 launches within a couple days, opposite sides of the continent ... flawless launches and landings. I guess it becomes routine at some point, but the amount of effort required to make this look easy must be ridiculous.
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 Another great launch and first stage recovery. Almost seems to be becoming "Old Hat" by now.
Wait, what? I missed this one completely.

---------- Post added 10-12-17 at 06:14 PM ---------- Previous post was 10-11-17 at 09:54 PM ----------

I'm looking at this first stage re-entry again - looks like it came in really hot and fast. I see some sparks coming off the bottom of the stage during the re-entry and the grid fins appear to get red hot from re-entry.

Maybe the re-entry burn was too short or otherwise mis-timed?

Something about a scorched and smoking rocket stage still landing as intended really stirs something primal in this engineer, I must say.
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