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Main » 2017 » April » 8 » Falcon rocket launch powered by a previously-flown booster.


Falcon rocket launch powered by a previously-flown booster.
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On March 30, 2017 at 22:27 UTC the "Falcon 9” rocket-carrier was launched from LC-39A of the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch was performed by the "SpaceX” private company supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited the SES 10 communications satellite. The launch marked the first time SpaceX has reused the first stage of one of its Falcon 9 rockets. The first stage of the Falcon 9 was the star of the show, making a historic relaunch after SpaceX recovered the booster on a Dragon mission in April 2016. The previously-flown booster (the first stage of the Falcon 9) performed its mission successfully and in 9 minutes after the launch it carried out a vertical landing on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean. Touchdown on SpaceX’s sea-based landing platform occurred around 340 miles (550 kilometers) east of Cape Canaveral.

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