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SpaceX Falcon 9 and EchoStar 105/SES-11 Launch 10/11/17 @ approx 653pm eastern

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    Primary Mission: Deployment of the SES-11/Echostar-105 satellite in the correct Geostationary transfer orbit

    The satellite will have its position on the 105° W position to serve North America including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean..

    The SES 11 satellite is 5200kg satellite build by Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) for operation by SES. The satellite was ordered by SES and Echostar in 2014 and is based on the Eurostar E3000 satellite bus. The solar panels provide 12kw of energy for the payload of 24 Ku transponders and 24 c band transponders. The ku transponders will be used by Echostar, the c band transponders by SES.

    Secondary Mission: Landing of the first stage on OCISLY
    As on other GTO missions, the Falcon 9 first stage will attempt to land on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS), Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY). Since this is a GTO mission, there will not be enough fuel for a boost back burn, so the landing BARGE will be located about 650-700km downrange in the Atlantic ocean. If the landing is successful, this will be the first time a booster has first landed on land and then on water.

    We might also see the new robot to secure the first stage after landing when the booster comes back to port. This robot has first been used on the Bulgariasat 1 mission. Previously humans had to get onto the deck of the ship and secure the landed booster, which can be dangerous since the workers are standing below a 40 ton rocket... To make the process of securing the first stage after landing easier, safer and faster, spacex developed a robot. It will hopefully prevent near-mishaps, like what happened after the Thaicom-8 mission



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