Watch SpaceX Launch and Land a Previously Used Rocket Live Right Here

Image: SpaceX/ORBCOMM-2
Image: SpaceX/ORBCOMM-2

Later today, SpaceX will launch a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), where it will drop off an EchoStar 105/SES-11 communications satellite. Following deployment, the rocket will attempt a landing on a droneship stationed in the Atlantic ocean. You can watch it live right here starting at 6:38 pm EDT.


Today’s launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida, will be the second for SpaceX this week, the first happening just two days ago at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base. Of note, this will be the third time that SpaceX will have launched a previously flown booster. In this case, the Falcon 9 that’s being used for this mission flew a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in February of this year.

The two-hour window for today’s launch starts at 6:53 pm EDT, or 22:53 UTC. The webcast (above) should start about 15 minutes before liftoff. If all goes well, the rocket will deliver the satellite to GTO about 36 minutes after liftoff, and then land on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship soon afterwards.

Failing this, a second window will open on Thursday October 12 at the same scheduled time as today.


George is a senior staff reporter at Gizmodo.



I love these SpaceX droneship landings.

Not because it’s so damn cool (it certainly is).

No, I like them because they bring all the amateur engineers out of the woodwork with their simple alternatives to landing on a droneship. “Why don’t they just ...” - the cry of the person who thinks they’re smarter than everyone else.

Parachute, giant marshmallow, bounce house, c’mon folks, let’s hear ‘em!