KoreaSat-5A Launch Provides Test of OCISLY Fire Suppression System

On Monday, October 30th at 3:34 p.m., SpaceX successfully launched the Koreasat-5A satellite from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. This is SpaceX’s 12th launch from Pad 39A in 2017 and their 16th launch this year. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage successfully landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. After the successful landing burn, a fire could be seen emanating from the engine area and partially up the rocket.

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SpaceX Recovers Payload Fairing & Re-Flown Booster for SES-10

For the first time, SpaceX has successfully re-used a Falcon 9 first stage. At 6:27 PM on Thursday March 30, 2017, Falcon 9 Booster #21 lifted the SES-10 satellite from Pad 39A. Less than 10 minutes later, the Falcon first stage landed on the SpaceX drone ship in the Atlantic ocean. Shortly thereafter, SpaceX also recovered one-half of the payload fairing, another first in space flight.

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