SpaceX to attempt launch with used rocket tonight

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WFLA) โ€” A historic rocket launch will be attempted Thursday evening at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

SpaceX is slated to launch SES-10, a commercial communications satellite, into orbit Thursday aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

The launch will take place from the historic Launch Complex 39A at NASAโ€™s Kennedy Space Center. This is the same launch facility used for the Space Shuttle missions.

Thursdayโ€™s launch window opens at 6:27 p.m. and closes at 8:57 p.m. This will give the engineers at SpaceX two-and-a-half hours to get this rocket off the ground.

If the launch is grounded for any reason, SpaceX will attempt a launch during a backup window Saturday evening.

But, history would be made Thursday with the successful launch of SES-10. This would mark the worldโ€™s first reflight or an orbital class rocket.

The Falcon 9โ€™s first stage for this latest mission was previously used in the successful launch of the CRS-8 mission back in April 2016. This is part of SpaceX founder, Elon Muskโ€™s, goal to make commercial space flight more cost-effective.

After launch and delivery of the payload into orbit, the first stage of the rocket will once again attempt a landing on a droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

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