Some four minutes after launch, the already pre-flown first stage of the rocket landed on a floating barge (named "Of course I still love you") some 600 kms downrange and off Florida's East coast. "A successful landing of the first stage", SpaceX commentator John Innsbrucker said on the company's live webcast, as applause erupted at SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California. Eventually, SpaceX hopes to not only increase the pace at which it can launch, but also turn around rockets for reuse within 24 hours, so the more in can launch multiple rockets in the same week, the better for its long-term plan. Another launch helped loft the BulgariaSat-1 spacecraft on June 23.
A flawless sunset launch by Elon Musk-backed SpaceX placed a heavyweight joint-venture Airbus-built SES/EchoStar satellite into geostationary orbit on Wednesday evening.
This is the second launch this week for SpaceX, after it competed its Iridium-3 mission on Monday morning. It's only the third time SpaceX has reflown a rocket on an orbital mission. "You can see the EchoStar 105/SES-11 satellite successfully deployed from the top of the Falcon 9 second stage, gliding away into space". Englewood, Colorado-based EchoStar is leasing the Ku-band payload for 10 years, branded as EchoStar-105, while SES uses the C-band payload as SES-11. The mission is expected to last for at least 15 years.
Spain threatens to suspend Catalonia's autonomy in crisis
About 2.3 million Catalans - or 43 percent of the electorate in the northeastern region - voted in the independence referendum. If Mr Puigdemont confirms by Monday that he has, he will be given a further three days to withdraw the declaration.
Trump urged to uphold Iran nuclear deal
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at the same hearing that the deal is still in the USA national security interest. But Trump more recently has said he does not expect to certify Iran's compliance with the October deadline looming.
Hamas says progress made in Palestinian reconciliation talks
Hamas and Fatah have reached a reconciliation agreement in Cairo , Reuters reports citing the Palestinian Information Centre. Sticking points include control over the arsenal of Hamas' armed wing and the fate of thousands of Hamas public servants.
Biden, Pence Campaign for VA Gubernatorial Candidates
Obama carried Virginia in both 2008 and 2012, and announced that he would campaign for Northam earlier this summer. Polls compiled by RealClearPolitics show Northam leading Gillespie by around 7 points for the November 7 contest.
Afastar parlamentar precisa de aval do Congresso, define STF
O tucano foi afastado pela segunda vez este ano das suas atividades, a mais recente delas por decisão da Primeira Turma do STF. Carmen Lúcia, Alexandre de Moraes, Dias Toffoli, Ricardo Lewandowski, Gilmar Mendes e Marco Aurélio se manifestaram contra.