Launch will now be early March 16.

    Unlike most of SpaceX's recent launches, the EchoStar 23 mission will not feature a landing attempt by the Falcon 9's first stage. That's because the rocket won't have enough fuel to come back down safely; EchoStar 23 is quite heavy and is going high up, to geostationary-transfer orbit, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has said.

EDIT March 27 is the reflight of a booster with the SES10 launch.

The rumor is that they are going to reuse a booster this month, but I have not seen anything officially stated yet. The reuse flight will be the game changer. They have eight returned first stages; if they can start reusing them we should get excited about the costs of orbit going down.

posted by francopoli: 675 days ago