SpaceX Successfully Launches South Korean Commercial Satellite

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket carrying a Koreasat 5A communications satellite lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Oct. 30, 2017.

Photographer: John Raoux/AP

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. successfully launched a rocket ferrying a commercial satellite to orbit for South Korean satellite service provider KT Sat.

The launch, SpaceX’s 16th this year, took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The payload, the Koreasat-5A satellite, will replace an existing satellite and expand coverage across Asia and the Middle East, SpaceX said in a statement prior to launch.

SpaceX landed the rocket’s first stage on a droneship in the Atlantic Ocean for reuse in a future launch.

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