SpaceX Orbits Dual-Purpose Satellite for SES, EchoStar

SpaceX launches satellite with third reused rocket

The dual-mission satellite will be shared by Colorado-based EchoStar and SES, a Luxembourg company.

EchoStar 105/ SES-11 is successfully launched on SpaceX's Falcon 9.

The unmanned, re-used Falcon 9 booster lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida at 18: 53 EDT and successfully deployed the two and a half ton EchoStar 105/SES-11 to the geostationary orbit some 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers) above the equator. According to the company, the satellite's C-band capacity is optimized for digital television delivery, and will join SES 1 and SES 3 at the center of SES' North American orbital arc, which reaches more than 100 million TV homes.

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

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It was the third time SpaceX has used a "flight-proven" first stage on a mission.Roughly eight minutes after launch, the rocket's first stage completed a vertical landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

The hybrid satellite is created to operate from geostationary orbit over North America for 15 years. Last month, SpaceX billionaire founder Elon Musk announced plans to build a fully reusable BFR ("Big Falcon Rocket") that could facilitate passenger trips around the world and to the moon and Mars.

Successful recovery of the first-stage booster after launching the Echostar 105/SES-11 telecommunications satellite could even set the double-flown stage for a third go-round. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions.

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