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The rocket took off on Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at around 6:53 pm EDT, carrying an Airbus-built communications satellite for SES and EchoStar.

The rocket being used for Wednesday's launch was previously used in February for an International Space Station supply mission.

The Falcon 9 booster, separating from the rocket's upper stage about 2 and a half minutes after liftoff, returned to SpaceX's drone ship "Off Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic Ocean.

EchoStar 105/SES-11 provides EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz, marketed as EchoStar 105, while it provides SES with a C-band payload of 24 transponders, marketed under the name SES-11.

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This was the third successful launch by the Hawthorne-based company using an already flown 16-story-tall booster. While the current version of Falcon 9 is less easily reused than it could be, precisely that issue will be dealt with through the introduction of Falcon 9 Block 5, which will feature an array of upgrades meant to ready the vehicle for crewed flights but also to drastically improve the ease of Falcon 9 reuse. Newcomer satellite operator Bulgaria Sat was the second, with BulgariaSat-1 in June. "One of our core strategies is to offer new services that are either flat out impossible or not easily replicated by more traditional "bent pipe" and geostationary systems".

Early Monday, a SpaceX Falcon soared from Southern California with Iridium satellites. The company has the option to renew annually after the the 10-year lease has elapsed. It's only the third time SpaceX has reflown a rocket on an orbital mission. Tonight's launch would be the 15th for SpaceX this year, accounting for more rocket launches in 2017 than not only any other spaceflight company, but any other country.

SES-11 is a broadcast-focused payload that replaces the 13-year old AMC-18, and is created to support high definition and Ultra-HD television.

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