SpaceX successfully completes back-to-back launches


By: Theo Nichols

October 13, 2017




SpaceX Falcon 9, Credit: YouTube


SpaceX successfully conducted back-to-back launches on separate coasts on Tuesday October 10th and Wednesday October 11th. After being delayed a couple of days by stormy weather impacting Kennedy Space Center, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a European communications satellite for SES and EchoStar finally lifted off into a gorgeous orange-hued evening sky. The SES/EchoStar mission marked SpaceX’s 3rd successful launch conducted with a pre-flown rocket.

The launch was SpaceX’s second in two days and 15th of the year. On Tuesday October 10th, SpaceX successfully launched 10 Iridium communications satellites into low earth orbit (LEO) in the early hours of the morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

In both launches, SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 on drone ships. In total, SpaceX has successfully returned 18 Falcon 9 boosters.

SpaceX has five more launches left on its launch manifest this year (including the Falcon Heavy demo launch) with the next launch scheduled for October 30th when a Falcon 9 will launch a KoreaSat communications satellite from Cape Canaveral.

You can view both launches below:



 

Related: Elon Musk unveils plans for SpaceX's next generation launch vehicle

 


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