October 11, 2017 - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Kennedy Space Center's SLC-39A with the SES-11/EchoStar 105 hybrid communications satellite. As SES-11, the spacecraft’s C-band capacity will provide replacement capacity for SES of Luxembourg for AMC-18. EchoStar Corp. of Englewood, Colorado, will market the Ku-Band transponder capacity, with coverage of the 50 U.S. states, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, as EchoStar 105.
The Falcon 9 rocket launched with a previously-flown first stage and landed at sea aboard SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS); it subsequently arrived at Port Canaveral 4 days later.
Launch photos taken from the Exploration Tower area at the port - about 14 miles from launch pad 39A.
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