SpaceX does it again: JCSAT-16 launched, Falcon 9 first stage recovered

It’s only a matter of time now before we see one of these stage make its second flight!  Perhaps the most amazing part is how routine this is already starting to feel.  Make no mistake, though — this is still a very high-energy system where things can still go very wrong very quickly.  SpaceX makes it look easy, but it’s anything but.  This payload is JCSAT-16, a Japanese commercial geostationary commsat with a 15-year design life that will initially enter service as an on-orbit spare for JSAT Corporation, providing relays in Ku- and Ka- band wavelengths.


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