Falcon 9 Launch Set for This Evening

The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing supported SpaceX’s successful launch of the EchoStar XXIII spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center March 16 at 2 a.m. EDT. (Credit: SpaceX webcast)

SpaceX is set to launch its Falcon 9 booster with the SES-10 communications satellite tonight at 6:27 pm EDT (3:27 pm PDT, 10:27pm UTC). It will be the first attempt to launch a used first stage booster.  SpaceX will stream the launch at www.spacex.com.

  • jimmycrackcorn

    If I hear “first rocket reflown” again, I’m going to scream. Of course their comments are disabled…

  • jimmycrackcorn

    Aaaaand they landed it. Good work, Space-X!

  • Bulldog

    Well done SpaceX, one more for the record books! Looking forward to Falcon 9 Block 5 and Falcon Heavy in the Fall.

  • Jacob Samorodin

    It would not be possible to recover the Ist stage were it not for, of course I love you. I love Elon for putting political correctness on its ear by naming a seagoing vessel with a phrase that might get you slapped by a female stranger if you repeated it to her….How do the female employees at SpaceX feel when some male employee repeats the name of the vessel? LOL!

  • Jacob Samorodin

    Now that we await a future 3rd reuse of this 1st stage, the near-future customer that has to accept the 3rd reuse of this 1st stage will probably demand that Elon reduce the launch fee for that booster reuse by…how much?…I’m not a ‘bean counter’. Anybody want to play the role of armchair bean counter and throw out an estimate of a reduced launch fee for such a near-future launch using this present 1st stage?

  • Vladislaw

    I would see if a customer wants to move up the food chain on the back log.. as the incentive. If not they can still wait and pay the full price they are already contracted to pay.

  • Vladislaw

    (quietly types) first rocket reflown

  • Jacob Samorodin

    Hmmmm…Thinking about what you posted. It leaves me with the impression that Elon Musk maybe dangling a carrot on the end of a stick.
    You can’t ‘dangle’ it too long (proverbially speaking) without customers looking elsewhere. Demand does drive the market, for sure, but patience is not eternal.

  • Jacob Samorodin

    Orbital-class booster stage, yes.

  • jimmycrackcorn

    obviously, but until they put the greybeard on the livestream who clarified and said it correctly, those two kids kept repeating first reflown rocket over and over and over.