July 22, 2018

Photos: Previously-flown Falcon 9 booster poised for launch


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A Falcon 9 rocket powered by a reused first stage booster rolled out Tuesday to pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a day before its scheduled liftoff with an Airbus-built communications satellite designed for television broadcasts over the Americas.

Liftoff of the SES 11/EchoStar 105 spacecraft is scheduled for 6:53 p.m. EDT (2253 GMT) Wednesday at the opening of a two-hour launch window.

The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 rocket will blast off with 1.7 million pounds of thrust from its nine Merlin 1D main engines to deliver the SES 11/EchoStar 105 satellite to space on the way to an operational perch 22,300 miles (35,800 kilometers) over the equator.

See our Mission Status Center for more details on the launch.

Credit: SpaceX
Credit: SpaceX
Credit: SpaceX
Credit: SpaceX

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