The SES O3b mPOWER mission was launched Sunday (Nov. 12) at 4:08 PM ET.

SpaceX launched the SES O3b mPOWER mission on Sunday (November 12), deploying two communications satellites into medium Earth orbit (MEO).

The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 4:08 pm EST (2108 GMT).

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The first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands on Sunday, November 12, 2023 aboard the drone “A Shortfall of Gravitas.” (Image credit: SpaceX (via X))

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

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