SpaceX set to launch Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX to Launch Korean Communications Satellite Today Watch It Live

The rocket's first stage landed safely on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Shortly after launch, the main rocket stage of the Falcon 9 will separate and head back down to Earth.

Manufactured by Thales Alenia Space and located at 113°E, Koreasat-5A will provide Direct-to-Home (DTH) broadcast, broadband, and backhaul services with its Ku-Band capacity.

As a replacement for Koreasat-5, Koreasat-5A will expand KT SAT's coverage across Asia and the Middle East.

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Unique to Koreasat-5A is an expanded maritime footprint over the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, South China Sea, and East China Sea.

The old Iridium satellites are being deorbited.

Once widely viewed as a daunting concept, the vertical, propulsive booster landings have appeared increasingly routine in recent months, and are critical for SpaceX's strategy to reuse rocket hardware and cut costs.

This image shows a fire in the engine area of the returning Falcon 9 booster after Monday's successful launch.

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The first stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 sits on the deck of the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" shortly after launching the Koreasat-5A satellite on October 30, 2017.

Koreasat 5A's on-board engine will conduct multiple burns to circularize its orbit around 22,300 miles (35,800 kilometers) over the equator a few weeks after launch. The powerful Falcon Heavy is made up of three Falcon 9 core stages strapped together and a standard second stage. Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, October 29, 2017, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

According to some sources, it is revealed that the next launch of a CRS-13 resupply mission to ISS (the International Space Station) will take place from Canaveral's SLC 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station situated in Florida.

SpaceX plans at least three more flights this year, at least two of them from the Space Coast.

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