A pair of satellites is going up this morning on one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9s. Will the rocket pull off a double-satellite launch and ocean landing as neatly as it pulled off its singles? Let’s watch and find out!
This particular Falcon 9 will be pulling double duty. It’s launching two separate communication satellites within 5 minutes of each other, first one from Eutelsat and then one from ABS.
The Falcon will be delivering those double satellites into a high, geostationary orbit. That means the rocket is coming back to the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship hot, fast, and with not a lot of extra fuel to spare. It’s also a new experimental orbit so—while SpaceX has had a pretty solid run of previous landings from geostationary orbits—success at this one is likely to be, by the company’s own admission, “difficult.”