Watch SpaceX launch and land a Falcon 9 rocket this afternoon

This is what 1.7 million pounds of force looks like

After launch and following stage separation, the rocket will return to Earth for a soft landing onto a SpaceX "drone ship" stationed off of the Florida coast.

Koreasat 5A's on-board engine will conduct multiple burns to circularize its orbit around 22,300 miles (35,800 kilometers) over the equator a few weeks after launch.

The approval of flight-proven rockets for NASA launches is a strong indication of the trust the space agency has come to put in SpaceX.

SpaceX is slowly walking the path of reusing spacecrafts and rockets that it had etched for itself during the early years of its establishment with the company confirming that it will be reusing a preflown Dragon capsule for its next cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Built by Thales Alenia Space, Koreasat-5A is owned by Seoul-based KT SAT.

The Falcon 9 will launch a Koreasat-5A communications satellite into space for South Korea's only satellite provider.

SpaceX delivered another communications satellite into orbit.

Koreasat 5A will be parked at 113 degrees east longitude, where its orbital velocity will match the rotation of Earth, allowing the satellite to hover over a fixed location, and remain in the place in the sky in view of ground antennas. "Koreasat-5A will provide direct-to-home broadcast, broadband, and back-haul services with its Ku-band capacity". Problems with the satellite's solar arrays have forced the communications company to retire the craft. Five more SpaceX launches are expected to complete the process by mid-2018.

Unlike other satellites in the Koreasat fleet, Koreasat-5A will also provide maritime coverage of the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, South China Sea, and East China Sea, SpaceX said. The U.S. Air Force in 2007 leased SLC-40 to SpaceX.

Zuma's launch is now targeted for a two-hour window opening at 8 p.m. EST on November 15 (0100 GMT on November 16).

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