Watch SpaceX launch and land a Falcon 9 rocket this afternoon

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Something’s happening

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.

SpaceX expects to reuse the booster to save time and money.

The lower part of the Falcon 9 first stage seems to have caught fire during the landing.

It was the third successful launch in the McLean, Virginia-based company's campaign to replace its entire globe-circling fleet with a total of 75 next-generation communications satellites.

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In preparation for today's launch, Koreasat 5A was lifted upright at launchpad 39A on Sunday.

California-based space firm SpaceX is all set to launch its next cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in December, and according to the media, it will employ a preflown Dragon capsule.

The satellite is created to replace an earlier version, called Koreasat 5, which launched in 2006. The Falcon 9 second stage, meanwhile, continued powering Koreasat-5A to a distant geostationary transfer orbit, eventually deploying the satellite 35.5 minutes after liftoff.

About 8.5 minutes after launch, the rocket's first stage came down for a pinpoint landing on the SpaceX drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You", which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean a few hundred miles off the Florida coast.

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Torrential rain will continue through the evening, with a thunderstorm possible, then taper off after midnight. The cloud cover will allow for a mild night ahead, overnight lows will fall to the middle and upper 50s.

Koreasat 5 was crippled by a failure of a solar array drive mechanism, prompting KTsat to order a replacement sooner than expected. It will provide direct-to-home broadcasting and other communications services in South Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia.

The satellite will also aid the maritime communications from East Africa to East Asia. Little is known about the mission, which was not publicly disclosed until earlier this month. A backup launch window opens on Tuesday, October 31 at 3:34 p.m. EDT, or 19:34 UTC.

Another day, another rocket launch and landing for SpaceX.

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