Backdropped against a blue sky tinged orange by the setting sun, SpaceX’s third flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket launched the EchoStar 105 / SES-11 satellite from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A on October 11, 2017.
This long exposure photograph captures the first three minutes of the SpaceX Falcon 9’s flight to orbit, bearing EchoStar 105 / SES-11. Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space
The Falcon 9 first stage used in this mission is the first to have flown exclusively from LC-39A, having previously launched the CRS-10 mission for NASA in February 2017. It is also the first booster core to have made a daylight touchdown at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Landing Zone 1, the previous LZ-1 landings having been made at night.
Legs akimbo, the Falcon 9, having sent CRS-10 on its journey to orbit, prepares to land at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo credit: Michael Seeley / We Report Space
Following the successful landing in February, the core was put through SpaceX’s processing flow and certified for use on SES-11, the second time Luxembourg-based SES has chosen to use a previously flown first stage.
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