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SpaceX Launches, Lands Recycled Rocket

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket ahead of Wednesday's launch from Kennedy Space Center. Photo: SpaceX / Twitter

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SpaceX has launched and landed a recycled rocket carrying a commercial communications satellite Wednesday from the Kennedy Space Center. The booster was previously flown earlier this year.

The Falcon 9 flew once before, back in February. It was relaunched a second time Wednesday night, carrying a satellite. Minutes later, the leftover booster landed on an offshore barge.

The satellite will be shared by Colorado-based EchoStar and SES, a Luxembourg company.

The booster launched Wednesday was previously used to deliver supplies to the International Space Station for NASA. It’s only the third time SpaceX has reflown a rocket on an orbital mission.

Early this week, another SpaceX Falcon 9 launched from Southern California carrying ten communications satellite. That first stage also was recovered.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk is working to lower launch costs by reusing rockets.

The Associated Press contributed to this story. 

 


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Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. He also helps produce WMFE's public affairs show "Intersection," working with host ... Read Full Bio »

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