SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket Monday afternoon from the Kennedy Space Center.
SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida today.
The U.S. Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron released its launch forecast, in which officials said there was a 90-percent chance weather would cooperate for launch.
The landing also faced an added complication thanks to choppy waters rocking SpaceX's drone ship, named "Of Course I Still Love You", in the wake of Tropical Storm Philippe and the major East Coast storm system that swept through the area over the weekend. That launch happened on a previously launched rocket, marking the third time it had done that. Approximately 36 minutes after liftoff, the satellite will be deployed.
Koreasat-5A's on-board thrusters will be used over the next few weeks to circularize the orbit at its operational altitude of 22,300 miles above the equator where spacecraft take 24 hours to complete one orbit and thus appear stationary in the sky - a key requirement for communications satellites. This satellite in particular will provide coverage of the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, South China Sea and the East China Sea, according to SpaceX.
The Falcon 9 has already flown more than other rocket in 2017, and SpaceX has four more missions scheduled before the end of the year. The satellite is an advanced version of its predecessor KoreaSat 5 launched in 2006. The spacecraft will circularize its orbit over almost two weeks. From that perspective, the company's 16th launch of 2017 may not seem all that spectacular. The Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture flew as often in 2009. The site has been undergoing repairs and upgrades since a Falcon 9 rocket exploded on its pad there on September 1, 2016.