The Japanese-built Es'hail-2 satellite is the second in a series of spacecraft created to provide satellite TV and secure communication services across the Middle East and North Africa.
This year has been extremely busy for SpaceX, to say the least - aside from the continuous launches and the introduction of the reusable Falcon 9, the company has also been working hard on finishing up the Dragon spacecraft that will be sending NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.
The first stage of the rocket successfully sat on a floating platform off the coast of Florida.
The Es' hail-2 satellite was lifted off at 3:46 p.m. EST and the communication satellite was deployed to a geostationary transfer orbit about 32 minutes after liftoff.
Falcon 9's first stage for the Es'hail-2 mission previously supported the Telstar 19 VANTAGE mission in July 2018.
In addition to providing more bandwidth for Qatar, the satellite also carries transponders for use by amateur, or ham, radio operators. SpaceX has scheduled a cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station in early December, and the US Air Force's first third-generation Global Positioning System navigation satellite is set to launch after that. If all goes well, the Es'hail 2 will enter service at the end of January. This brings SpaceX's number of successful landings up to 31.
The SpaceX rocket generated well over 1.7 million pounds of thrust before the kerosene-fueled booster stage engines shut-off completely, two-and-a-half minutes after lift-off.
After liftoff, SpaceX intends to land the Falcon 9 first-stage booster the company's drone ship several hundred miles out in the Atlantic. The SpaceX is now waiting for the United Launch Alliance's (ULA) subsequent Delta IV Heavy rocket with the National Reconnaissance (NRO) satellite connected to the northeast side of SpaceX's LZ-4 which provides the rest of the gaps to fill in. The launch took place on 15 November with the Space center of a name Kennedy in Florida.