SpaceX continued their record settings year with the launch of the Koreasat 5A payload today from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. This was the 16th launch of the year for SpaceX doubling last years launch total with potentially three more to come and was the 13th landing with the first stage returning to the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship “Of Course I Still Love You”.
Following a smooth countdown, the Falcon 9 lifted off at 3:34 pm EDT from LC-39A and successfully delivered the payload to orbit 35m 38s later.
Good landing for Falcon 9 B1042! This never gets old!
She’s a little toasty! pic.twitter.com/b2ihAox2C9
— Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) October 30, 2017
Thales Alenia Space confirmed successful acquisition of signal
Thales Alenia Space confirms good acquisition of signal from newly-launched Koreasat 5A satellite. Spacecraft reported healthy.
— Stephen Clark (@StephenClark1) October 30, 2017