SpaceX Rocket Launch From Cape Canaveral October 30, 2017

by Abel Hampton October 31, 2017, 0:19

The 16th launch for this year will carry the Koreasat 5A satellite for a South Korean company.

As part of the launch, SpaceX also successfully recovered its Falcon 9 first stage, which landed aboard the drone spaceship 'Of Course I Still Love You, ' floating in the Atlantic Ocean.

The satellite will be deployed approximately 36 minutes after liftoff.

Just minutes after launch, the rocket separated and the tall portion, called the first stage, fired its engines and maneuvered its grid fins to guide itself back to an upright landing on an ocean platform. The U.S. Air Force in 2007 leased SLC-40 to SpaceX. The upcoming launch will be the 13th such mission for the company. Two NASA contracts awarded last week - Sentinel-6A for a SpaceX Falcon 9 mission and Landsat-9 for a ULA Atlas 5 mission - were worth $97 million and $153.8 million respectively. Elon Musk's spaceflight startup hopes to launch NASA astronauts to the ISS for the first time next year, which would be the first time in history that people fly on a commercial spacecraft. According to, NASA has approved the use of a "flight-proven" Falcon 9 rocket for CRS-13, the 13th SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station. This newest Koreasat will replace a failed satellite launched in 2006, and serve both Asia and the Middle East. Koreasat-5A provides KT SAT with 12 Ku-band transponders of 36MHz, and 24 Ku-band transponders of 54MHz.

Koreasat-5A is a communications satellite operated by KT SAT, South Korea's sole satellite service provider. It is meant to replace Koreasat-5, launched in 2006, to provide high-speed Ku-band television and data across Asia and the Middle East along with maritime coverage over the Persian Gulf, the Indian Ocean and the China Sea. The satellite supports television broadcasts, internet access and network backhaul.

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