SES-10 (Falcon 9)
30 March 2017
Space Launch Complex 39A
Kennedy Space Center
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 6:27 p.m. on 30 March 2017 from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center carrying the SES-10 communications satellite into orbit. SES-10 is SES’s first satellite designed exclusively to serve Latin America. Pursuant to an agreement with the Andean Community (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru), SES-10 will provide coverage across Latin America ranging from the Gulf of California in Mexico to Cape Horn in Chile.

SES-10 is the first geostationary commercial satellite to ever launch on a flight-proven first-stage rocket booster for the world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket. Falcon 9’s first stage for the SES-10 mission previously flew on the CRS-8 mission in April 2016 (View CRS-8 launch photos and return to Port Canaveral).

Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage successfully landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship stationed a few hundreds miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean.

The nearby Vehicle Assembly Building and the mobile launch tower under construction for the Space Launch System rocket nearby at left were ready photo opportunities.
A close-up of the bottom of the mobile launch tower shows a flag and banners hanging from it. One with a very optimistic message.
A NASA helicopter buzzed around the area.
The person in the helicopter's open doorway has the best seat for the occasion.
A 180-degree panorama shows the guests waiting for the launch by relaxing on the grass or in the bleachers behind the Apollo Saturn V Center and along the Banana Creek Viewing Area at Kennedy Space Center.
A wide angle view of Launch Complex 39A where the Falcon 9 rocket and its SES-10 payload are coyly hidden behind the gantry tower.
Periodic venting occurred during fueling as liquid oxygen and RP-1 (rocket grade kerosene) are loaded aboard the Falcon 9.
Ignition of the nine Merlin first stage engines can just be seen as a yellow spot at the base of the tower.
Liftoff! The first stage and its nine Merlin engines are all flying for the second time.
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