Falcon 9 launches SES-12 to orbit, completing Falcon 9’s 55th mission since its first flight from the same pad eight years ago today.
Falcon 9 fairing halves deployed their parafoils and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean last week after the launch of Iridium-6/GRACE-FO. Closest half was ~50m from SpaceX’s recovery ship, Mr. Steven.
Yesterday’s Falcon 9 launch of five Iridium satellites and GRACE-FO also marks SpaceX’s twelfth launch of a flight-proven rocket.
Falcon 9 and Iridium-6/GRACE-FO went vertical last night ahead of today’s launch at 12:47 p.m. PDT, 19:47 UTC from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Falcon 9 Block 5 lands on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship after delivering Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite to orbit. The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission was SpaceX’s 9th launch of the year and 25th first stage landing to date.
View from a drone of Falcon 9 Block 5 launching Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite to orbit.
After a month-long stay at the @ISS, Dragon will detach and return to Earth tomorrow with more than 4,000 pounds of @NASA cargo and research materials. The Dragon spacecraft used to support SpaceX’s fourteenth resupply mission previously delivered cargo to and from the International Space Station in April 2016.
Falcon 9’s launch of the Iridium-5 mission is SpaceX’s tenth flight of a previously flown rocket booster.