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Satellite arrives for early October SpaceX launch from Kennedy Space Center

James Dean, FLORIDA TODAY Published 12:11 p.m. ET Sept. 20, 2017 | Updated 12:34 p.m. ET Sept. 20, 2017

A commercial satellite has arrived in Cape Canaveral for the Space Coast's next launch, planned in early October by a SpaceX rocket that will be lifting off for the second time.

Jointly owned by Luxembourg-based SES and Colorado-headquartered EchoStar Corp., the more than 11,000-pounds communications satellite was shipped from Toulouse, France, but manufacturer Airbus Defense and Space.

The satellite known as EchoStar 105/SES-11 will provide digital television and broadband data services in North America, including the United States, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The mission will re-use a Falcon 9 rocket that launched a NASA supply mission to the International Space Station in February.

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It will be the third time SpaceX has launched a previously flown — or what the company calls "flight proven" — booster, as it aims to make reusing rockets more routine.

SES was the customer for the first of those flights back in March, also used a rocket from a ISS resupply mission launched about a year earlier.

In June, a Falcon rocket that had launched commercial satellites in January lifted off again with a Bulgarian communications satellite.

The upcoming launch from pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center is tentatively expected in the first week of October, but no date has been announced.

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SpaceX separately is targeting an Oct. 4 launch of Iridium Communications satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Vandenberg at 10:38 p.m. this Thursday (1:38 a.m. Friday Eastern time) will host United Launch Alliance's attempt to deliver a classified U.S. intelligence mission to orbit on an Atlas V rocket.

ULA plans to follow that flight with another Atlas V launch of a National Reconnaissance Office mission from Cape Canaveral in October.

floridatoday.com
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