Tonight, SpaceX will live-broadcast launch of previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket


In this photo provided by NASA, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft await liftoff from NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.

After about half an hour after take-off, that is 2:30 in the morning in Kiev, the second stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 successfully delivered its payload into the target orbit.

The SES-11 satellite, built by Airbus and operated by Colorado-based EchoStar Corp., will replace old satellite technology.

But a successful landing after launch may be hard because the Geo Stationary Transfer Orbit requires the first stage rocket to reach a significantly higher altitude than other recovered missions.

This will be SpaceX's third launch of a reused first stage rocket. EchoStar-105/SES-11 separated from the rocket's upper stage roughly 36 minutes into the mission as planned.

The Falcon 9 booster to be launched on Wednesday made its maiden voyage on February, 2017, on a mission to resupply the ISS. Newcomer satellite operator Bulgaria Sat was the second, with BulgariaSat-1 in June.

"Couldn't be more flawless weather for a launch", said a commentator on SpaceX's live webcast.

What time is the SpaceX launch? The company's previous mission was less than three days ago, launching 10 Iridium Next satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The hybrid satellite is created to operate from geostationary orbit over North America for 15 years. SES has shown a lot of confidence in the company's ability to bring safe, reusable launch rockets to the market and has previously employed a previously-flow booster - back in the time when SpaceX's ability in this field remained largely untested.