SpaceX Successfully Launches A Flight Proven Rocket For The SES-10 Mission.

On Thursday March 30 at 6:27 PM SpaceX made history again by launching a flight proven rocket on the SES-10 mission from the historical launch complex 39a at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The private space company has proven it can launch a rocket, land its first stage (either on land or its autonomous drone ship), refurbish the first stage and then in less than one year launch it again. 

The first stage that SpaceX launched on the SES-10 mission was the same first stage used for the CRS-8 mission last April. SpaceX hopes to dramatically reduce the time it takes to refurbish a flight proven rocket for reuse and eventually recover more than just the Falcon 9’s first stage. During a post launch press conference Elon Musk told the media that they had also successfully recovered the nose cone of the rocket. 

SpaceX Falcon 9 ready for launch at LC-39a at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
SpaceX Falcon 9 ready for launch at LC-39a at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

About the Payload

SES-10 is SES’s first satellite designed to exclusively serve the thriving markets of Latin America. With 55 Ku-band transponder equivalents, SES-10 will be one of the biggest satellites covering Latin America and will provide significant capacity expansion to support SES’s reach in the region. 

The satellite will be positioned at 67 degrees West, SES-10 pursuant to an agreement with the Andean Community (Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru), will be used for the Simon Bolivar 2 satellite network. It will replace the capacity currently provided by two SES satellites at that location., and bring additional high powered capacity across Latin America ranging from the Gulf of California in Mexico to Cape Horn in Chile. 

SpaceX Falcon 9 launches from LC-39a at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida with the SES-10 payload.
SpaceX Falcon 9 launches from LC-39a at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with the SES-10 payload.
SpaceX Falcon 9 launches from LC-39a at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida with the SES-10 payload.
SpaceX Falcon 9 launches from LC-39a at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with the SES-10 payload.

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