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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to launch Korean Communications Satellite on Monday

Moreover, it is yet another commercial launch for SpaceX, which before 2017 had launched mostly government missions for NASA and NOAA.

The cargo mission to the ISS is scheduled for a December launch.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is launching a Korean Communications Satellite on Monday afternoon.

But a successful landing after launch may be hard because the Geo Stationary Transfer Orbit requires the first stage rocket to reach a significantly higher altitude than other recovered missions.

SpaceX's coverage of the launch will likely start about 15 minutes before launch time, so be sure to check back then. The historical launch pad, which was used for the Apollo Missions, was recently updated. Iridium, a major satellite communications company, just moved two scheduled launches with SpaceX to "flight-proven" boosters in order to get its assets into space faster. The satellite will provide direct-to-home broadcasting, broadband and backhaul services, according to a SpaceX release on the launch.

The satellite, also known as Mugungwha 5A, will be delivered into a geostationary orbit.

The new satellite will replace KT Sat's Koreasat-5 spacecraft, which was deployed in 2006.

As has become customary, SpaceX will attempt a landing on the Atlantic Ocean-based drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You".

Visitors to the Kennedy Space Center on Monday will have access to two viewing areas for the launch. Viewing for both of these areas is included in the ticket for the day with no additional ticket needed for transportation, said the KSC website.



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