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.
Federer, Nadal advance in Shanghai Masters
Having to deal with one of the strongest eras of men's tennis, the margins were thin for him, adding up to pre-existent pressure. I'm not that far away (from 100 titles ) it seems, but there is no point to really to think about it on a daily basis.
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.
The Evil Within 2 | Launch Trailer
Admittedly, the trailer is full of some really gnarly sights, including a little girl that seems to have been flayed. The Evil Within 2 picks up where the previous title left off. "Sebastian's mission is personal", Bethesda explains.
Kyrie Irving touts Boston as 'real, live sports city'
Coming from Cleveland, the Midwest, where the culture is different. "You get it all, especially in Boston", Irving also said. Now that Uncle Drew is out of Cleveland, he no longer has to hide his displeasure of playing for the organization.