SpaceX is using another refurbished rocket this afternoon - this one is the the third Falcon 9 first stage booster that the company has refurbished and used again.
Stringent orbital requirements necessitated that liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster rocket had to take place within a one-second launch window. When the present launch is finished, SpaceX will rapidly swing to its next mission in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The two-hour launch window opens at 6:53 p.m. - four minutes before sundown - with a backup launch set for Thursday at 6:53 p.m.
If the Falcon 9 launches at the beginning of the window, it should be a lovely display on the Space Coast. The rocket first flew on February 19th as part of a mission for NASA. For a nascent technology offering as complex as a reused rocket, this ought to assuage any doubts that SpaceX is not utterly committed to its pursuit of affordable access to orbit by way of launch vehicle reusability. On Wednesday, the organization is booked to launch a hybrid broadcasting satellite to be utilized by the two SES and EchoStar.
Once the payload is detached and deployed, the Falcon 9 rocket will fall back to Earth.
To date, SpaceX has landed Falcon 9 first stages on 17 separate occasions, the latest being Monday's mission (Oct. 9th).
SpaceX will stream the entire launch for free on YouTube.
It would also continue an impressive streak of launches and what's shaping up to be a remarkably productive year for the company. After the first stage delivers the satellite into orbit, it will attempt to land on the droneship Of Course I Still Love You some 8 minutes and 33 seconds after launch.
SpaceX will tonight (October 11, weather permitting) launch a condominium satellite operated by SES and EchoStar.