SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 rocket  from Space Coast and lands it



SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday afternoon from the Kennedy Space Center and landed it on a droneship off the coast of Florida.

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The unmanned rocket carried the Es'hail-2 communications satellite built by Mitsubishi and owned by the nation of Qatar.

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"Es'hail-2 also features multi-transponder Ka-band capacity, providing business and government sectors with secure communications across the Middle East and North Africa region," SpaceX said in a press release.

The rocket blasted off at 3:46 p.m. when the launch window opened and deployed its payload just over 30 minutes later.

After the separation, the rocket booster returned to Earth and landed on SpaceX's "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, which was waiting in the Atlantic Ocean, the aerospace company said.

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SpaceX has now landed 31 boosters and reflown 17 of them, according to, which is part of the company's plan to make spaceflight more affordable. contributed to this reported.

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