Watch SpaceX Launch and Land a Falcon 9 Rocket Today


Qatar Satellite Company Es'hailSat yesterday launched its Satellite Es'hail-2 from the SpaceX launch facility at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Built by Mitsubishi Electric Company, based on their DS 2000 satellite bus, Es'hail-2 has a proven, modular platform with high power capability and flexibility for a broad range of applications.

The mission got underway at 3:46 p.m. EST (GMT-5) with ignition of the booster's nine Merlin 1D engines, generating a brilliant burst of fiery exhaust and a billowing cloud of steam from water sprayed on the launch stand to cool the structure and lessen the acoustic shock of engine ignition.

We will remind, in October, with the help of the Falcon 9 rocket into orbit was launched the Argentine reconnaissance satellite SAOCOM-1A. I've also embedded the video below.

Es'hailSat's first satellite entered service in December 2013 and now provides television content, business communications and other telecommunications services. The booster touched down on the robotic ship about 8.5 minutes after liftoff.

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Es'hail-2 carries Ku-band capacity for television broadcasting and Ka-band capacity for connectivity to businesses and government users. SpaceX has scheduled a cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station in early December, and the US Air Force's first third-generation Global Positioning System navigation satellite is set to launch after that. The Es'hail 2 will be situated 26 degrees east longitude over the equator.

The Falcon 9 rocket's first stage is the same one that was flown on July 22 with the Telstar 19V mission. It was SpaceX's 31st successful booster recovery.

Plummeting back to Earth tail first, the rocket's four landing legs unfolded moments before a single engine re-started to slow the vehicle for landing. The finely tuned Falcon 9 rocket has already been rolled out in the static fire test prior to setting it on the launch pad, attaching umbilical connections, aligning the vehicle, and lastly testing the vehicle condition.

SpaceX plans to launch a communications satellite and land a rocket today (Nov. 15), and you can catch all the action live. The rocket experienced some serious problems along the way, but the company's number of successful launches has nearly made them boring over the past few years.