How to watch SpaceX Falcon 9 launch

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SpaceX is using another refurbished rocket this afternoon - this one is the the third Falcon 9 first stage booster that the company has refurbished and used again.

Minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9's second stage separated and proceeded to orbit for satellite deployment.

SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket tonight from Kennedy Space Center that may be visible from South Florida.

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The payload to be launched today is the SES-11/EchoStar 105 geostationary communications satellite, which will eventually help provide high speed data services to the North Americas, namely digital television. SpaceX sent up two earlier batches of 10, in January and June, as part of an eight-launch deal with Iridium.

The launch window opens at 6:53 PM EDT, or 3:53 PM PDT today, and it's a two-hour window.

The Falcon 9 will carry a high-powered communications satellite, which will work double-duty for the USA -based operator EchoStar and Luxembourg-based SES. The rocket is now ready for another flight.

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Once the satellite is detached, the Falcon9 will bend back towards Earth and land on the "Of Course I Love You" spaceport vessel, which will be waiting in the Atlantic Ocean.

Catch the launch and landing live at livestream below. For a nascent technology offering as complex as a reused rocket, this ought to assuage any doubts that SpaceX is not utterly committed to its pursuit of affordable access to orbit by way of launch vehicle reusability.

If everything runs smoothly, the satellite will be deployed 36 minutes after liftoff.

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