This launch will launch from the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 49A in Florida to put the Echostar 105/SES-11 satellite into low Earth orbit.
Falcon 9’s first stage for the EchoStar 105/SES-11 mission previously supported SpaceX’s 10th resupply mission to the International Space Station (CRS-10) in February of this year. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will attempt a landing on the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone-ship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
The satellite will deploy approximately 36 minutes after launch and is a dual-mission satellite serving both U.S.-based EchoStar and Luxembourg-based SES.
SES-11, designed to accelerate the development of SES’s U.S. prime video neighborhood and the delivery of High definition (HD) and ultra-high definition (UHD) channels, joins SES-1 and SES-3 at the center of SES’s robust North American orbital arc, which reaches more than a hundred million TV homes. It also replaces C-band capacity for AMC-18, which SES offers over North America, including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean, empowering businesses and governments to capture new opportunities and expand their reach.
The first stage booster in today’s launch was previously used on a resupply mission to the International Space Station in February.