SpaceX launches JCSAT-16, lands Falcon 9 first stage

August 14, 2016 8:00 AM

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SpaceX launches JCSAT-16, lands Falcon 9 first stage

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Night briefly turned into day as SpaceX’s Falcon 9, carrying the Japanese JCSAT-16 satellite, leapt of the pad for the black of space. The launch took place at 1:36 a.m. EDT (05:36 GMT) Aug. 14 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Florida.

About nine minutes later the first stage of the rocket, after doing its part in pushing the telecommunications satellite toward geostationary transfer orbit (GTO), landed on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship “Of Course I Still Love You.” The platform was some 400 miles (640 kilometers) downrange i...

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