Launch of the SES O3b mPOWER mission was at 4:08 p.m. ET on Sunday (Nov. 12).

SpaceX launched the SES O3b mPOWER mission on Sunday (Nov. 12), a flight that placed two communication satellites into medium Earth orbit (MEO).

The Falcon 9 rocket ferrying these satellites lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 4:08 p.m. EST (2108 GMT).

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage lands on the droneship “A Shortfall of Gravitas” on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023. (Image credit: SpaceX (via X))

The Falcon 9’s first stage came back to Earth and made a vertical touchdown on the company’s drone ship about 8.5 minutes after liftoff. The ship, known as “A Shortfall of Gravitas,” was waiting nearby in the Atlantic Ocean; the rocket’s upper stage will not be recovered, as is standard for Falcon 9 flights.

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