[Update 2 March 30th] SpaceX successfully launched that Falcon 9 that was previously launched last year, making them the first ever organisation to re-launch and land a previously launched rocket, making huge strides to SpaceX’s overall reusability goal.
Check out the GIFs below for a look.
And here’s an image of that landed Falcon 9, unfortunately footage cut out so no GIF.
[Update 3 March 30th] The Falcon 9 has also successfully delivered its payload, the SES-10 satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit, here are some shots:
[Update March 30th] SpaceX will make rocket-launch history in just about an hour later today (read more about that below) with the re-launch of a rocket that has been used previously, it is sure to be interesting.
Watch for yourself live via the embed below.
[Original] The next SpaceX launch is one that we have been waiting for a long time now, not just because of the satellite that they are launching, SES-10 but also because on the rocket that the satellite will be making its way to space on top of.
SES-10 will be launched on a Falcon 9 rocket that SpaceX had flown and landed previously, using the same booster that they previous landed on their droneship back in April 2016, the first rocket to ever do so.
If all is successful, it will also become the first rocket to ever be re-used for a satellite flight into orbit on March 30th at 6:00 PM EST.
This comes after SpaceX’s successful firing earlier today.
Static fire test complete. Targeting Thursday, March 30 for Falcon 9 launch of SES-10. pic.twitter.com/0tZ7u6gngI
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 27, 2017
The rocket will launch SES-10 from the legendary Launch Complex 39A pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, pushing the satellite into an orbit where it will complete its communications objectives.
But there is a ton riding on this launch. It will certainly be interesting to see how this launch unfolds as it could determine the future of reusable spaceflight.
We will keep you updated as we hear more.
[Update] Falcon 9 and SES-10 is now vertical on the 39A pad, check it out via the Twitter embed below.
Falcon 9 and SES-10 vertical on Kennedy Space Center’s historic Pad 39A. Launch window opens at 6:27pm EDT, 10:27pm UTC. pic.twitter.com/0jdC29Uqxa
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 30, 2017