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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SpaceX Falcon 9 BulgariaSat-1 launch & landing, 23 June 2017

This is the first time SpaceX has launched two missions in one weekend. Both were successful. See the June 23 and June 25 dates. That put one rocket in each ocean, Atlantic and Pacific, on two drone ships. Oh yes, and Elon Musk wasn't sure this first stage would survive the landing because it was coming in from higher and hotter than usual. See the steering fins glow bright red just before signal loss. Then see the suspense when the signal is reacquired and where you see roiling water. It doesn't look good. Here's what SpaceX has to say for themselves:
On June 23, 2017, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched the BulgariaSat-1 satellite into orbit—the first geostationary communications satellite in Bulgaria’s history. This mission marked the second reflight of a Falcon 9 first stage, having previously supported the Iridium-1 mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in January of this year. 
Following stage separation, the first stage of Falcon 9 successfully landed on SpaceX’s East Coast droneship “Of Course I Still Love You,” stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. This marks the first time a Falcon 9 first stage has landed on both SpaceX’s East and West coast droneships, having previously landed on “Just Read the Instructions” in the Pacific Ocean.

For the second launch and landing, see: 

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