WATCH REPLAY: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Successfully Launches From KSC, Perfect Landing

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ABOVE VIDEO:  SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket  successfully launched Friday from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A and topped it off with a perfect landing by the Falcon 9’s First Stage on the drone ship named “Of Course I Still Love You,” located in the Atlantic Ocean.

Highlight Video: Helicopter View of Friday’s SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch From Kennedy Space Center.
(Video Credit to Dalton Smith / NPI Productions)

BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket  successfully launched Friday from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A and topped it off with a perfect landing by the Falcon 9’s First Stage on the drone ship named “Of Course I Still Love You,” located in the Atlantic Ocean.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will carry the BulgariaSat-1, the first geostationary communications satellite in Bulgaria’s history into space.

The satellite will be located at the Bulgarian orbital position and will provide television and data communications services to homes in that region of Europe.

SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on June 25 at 1:25 p.m. PT.

As always, you will be able to watch both launches right here on SPACE COAST DAILY TV.

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LAUNCH VEHICLE:

Falcon 9 is SpaceX’s two-stage rocket manufactured to successfully transport satellites and their Dragon spacecraft into orbit.

Currently the only rocket fully designed and developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 delivers payloads to space aboard the Dragon spacecraft or inside a composite fairing. Safety and mission success were critical in the design of the Falcon 9 rocket.

With a minimal number of separation events and nine first-stage Merlin engines, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is designed so that even if two of the engines shut down, the rocket can still operate.

In 2012, SpaceX became the first commercial company to rendezvous with the International Space Station. Although these flights have not transported crew, SpaceX continues to work toward their goal of one day carrying astronauts to space in Crew Dragon’s pressurized capsule using the Falcon 9.

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