The weather will be not the problem today in SpaceX's fifth attempt to get the SES-9 satellite into space.
SpaceX had repeatedly set expectations low for this particular rocket recovery attempt. The Hawthorne-based company's most recent delay came Tuesday when it chose to push the launch to Friday because of "extreme high altitude wind shear", according to a tweet from Musk.
SpaceX was aiming to deliver the satellite as high as 39,000km above Earth and still have enough fuel to land the first stage of the Falcon rocket on a platform floating about 645km off Florida's coast.
"Rocket landed hard", Musk, the founder and chief executive officer of SpaceX, said in a Twitter message more than an hour after blastoff.
While the first mission was a wonderful success, the second was decidedly not.
SES had waited even longer for this launch, as the mission was originally scheduled for launch last fall prior to the Falcon 9 launch failure in June 2015. "Look forward to future missions". SES clients, who receive satellite-based communications from the company, include Internet service providers, broadcasters, business and governmental organizations, and mobile and fixed network operators.
Official confirmation of good health of SES-9 was delivered from Boeing just before 03:00 GMT - satellite is transmitting data correctly, all systems are working as they should. By using boosters for multiple missions, it could slash the cost of spaceflight by multiple factors of 10, Musk has said.
As seen in the video above, the live stream of the drone ship landing cut out just as the rocket appeared in the video.
As part of a daring experiment for reusable rocket technology, the space exploration firm attempted to land the first stage of the rocket on "Of Course I Still Love You", one out of its two autonomous spaceport drone ships.
SpaceX is working to recover from a launch accident last summer shortly after liftoff. More than 22,000 miles into space, geosynchronous orbit is 100 times further than where the International Space Station orbits.