KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: On Monday, October 30th at 3:34 p.m., SpaceX successfully launched the Koreasat-5A satellite from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. This is SpaceX’s 12th launch from Pad 39A in 2017 and their 16th launch this year. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage successfully landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. After the successful landing burn, a fire could be seen emanating from the engine area and partially up the rocket.
The Falcon 9’s first stage booster nears main engine cutoff as it heads downrange from Kennedy Space Center. Photo Credit: Mary Ellen Jelen / We Report Space
Fire Suppression Systems
The SpaceX Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is equipped with remote-activated fire suppression systems in the corner of Landing Zone 1. Details of the water canon are shown in the photo below taken during the CCAFS Family Day tour of Landing Zone 1 on April 23, 2016.
As seen at CCAFS Landing Zone 1, SpaceX uses a remote-activated water cannon at each landing zone. Photo: Bill Jelen / We Report Space
In the SpaceX Webcast of the launch, this image ...