This rocket was used to place Indonesia's Merah Putih satellite into orbit and that payload was offloaded 32 minutes after launch, heralding the mission a complete success.
The 12,800-pound satellite, built by SSL, features 60 C-band transponders to provide mobile services across Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
The landing was the second for this particular first stage, which also pulled one off on May 11 during the first-ever flight of a Block 5 Falcon 9.More news: Roberto Osuna Addressed Astros In Closed-Door Meeting
REUSE, REUSE, REUSE. This launch is the first to employ a reused Block 5 - the first stage of the rocket.
Seconds before touchdown, four legs deployed and the rocket settled to an on-target landing. After the vehicle landed on one of SpaceX's drone ships on completion of its flight, the company did its inspection and refurbishment over the last three months to get it ready for flight again.
A few minutes after separation, three of the first stage's nine engines re-ignited to slow the booster for entry back into the discernible atmosphere, using four titanium "grid fins" at the top of the rocket to maintain its orientation and trajectory.
The rocket's upgrades are aimed at shortening the turnaround time for recovery and reuse. The satellite is owned by PT Telcom, the largest provider of telecommunications services in Indonesia.More news: Britain plans for default opt-in organ donation to save lives
But for SpaceX aficionados, the most exciting part of this launch is that we've seen part of it before.
Tuesday's flight came 16 days after an early morning Falcon 9 launch July 22 that sent the Telstar 19 VANTAGE communications satellite into orbit for Telesat.
The next launch from Cape Canaveral is scheduled for Saturday at 3:33 a.m. EDT (0733 GMT), when a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket is set to loft NASA's Parker Solar Probe on a seven-year mission to fly through the sun's corona.
SpaceX's next mission is set for launch no earlier than August 23 with the Telstar 18 VANTAGE communications satellite to provide broadcast, enterprise and government communications services over parts of India, China, Mongolia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Ocean region.More news: Serena Williams cites personal reasons for Rogers Cup withdrawal