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How to watch today's SpaceX rocket launch

26 August 2017, 01:27 | Clyde Nash

SpaceX video of Formosat-5 launch

SpaceX video of Formosat-5 launch

The satellite, called FORMOSAT-5, weighs almost 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms) and blasted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 11:51 am (1851 GMT).

The half-ton Formosat 5 satellite, one of SpaceX's lightest payloads yet, was deployed about 11 minutes after launch to its targeted sun-synchronous orbit 447 miles (720 km) above the ground.

After separating from the second stage of the rocket, the taller, first stage portion powered its engines and made a controlled return to Earth.

The latest successful landing brings SpaceX's record to 15 successful recoveries in 20 attempts so far and its 9th successful landing this year. SpaceX, during the launch webcast, declared the launch a success.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifts off Thursday with Formosat 5. The satellite is reportedly the first ever to be fully designed in Taiwan.

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NSPO received the state vector transmitted from SpaceX and used it to propagate FORMOSAT-5's orbit.

Meanwhile, the Seattle launch broker arranged for most of the 90 satellites slated to launch with Formosat 5 to fly on other rockets, including an Indian PSLV mission and a Russian Soyuz flight earlier this year.

SpaceX chalked up another successful satellite launch and booster landing today, putting Taiwan's Formosat-5 Earth observation satellite into orbit in the process. The satellite also carries a secondary Advanced Ionospheric Probe instrument built by Taiwan's National Central University.

SpaceX has always been obsessed with reducing the cost of spaceflight by employing reusable rockets that can launch multiple missions. The change in launch vehicles and delays in SpaceX's launch schedules, including those caused by two Falcon 9 failures in 2015 and 2016, significantly delayed the launch.

Moments before the first-stage touchdown the video link to the vessel froze, then reappeared and showed the rocket standing.

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