SpaceX Returns to Flight Today: Watch a Rocket Launch & Landing Try Live

A SpaceX rocket will take to a skies now (Jan. 14) for a initial time given a Sept. 1 launchpad explosion, and we can watch a rarely expected liftoff live.


SpaceX’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch 10 communications satellites for a association Iridium into low-Earth circuit today, with liftoff from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base targeted for 12:54 p.m. EST (1754 GMT; 9:54 a.m. internal California time). You can watch it live here during Space.com, pleasantness of SpaceX.

You can also follow a launch directly around SpaceX during http://www.spacex.com/webcast or https://www.youtube.com/user/spacexchannel.

The 10 satellites are a initial of a designed 70 that SpaceX skeleton to loft for Iridium’s new NEXT constellation over a array of 7 launches. This network will reinstate a constellation of 66 booster that Iridium now operates in low-Earth orbit, association member have said.

An artist's painting of an Iridium NEXT satellite in orbit.
Credit: Iridium Communications
An operative works on one of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites before to a launch into circuit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Credit: Thales Group

Today’s liftoff — that was pushed behind from Jan. 9 since of bad continue and issues with launch-site accessibility — will also embody some movement in a downward direction. SpaceX skeleton to try to land a Falcon 9’s initial theatre on a robotic “drone ship” stationed in a Pacific Ocean, as partial of a company’s bid to rise entirely and fast reusable rockets. This is a priority for SpaceX owner and CEO Elon Musk, who has pronounced that such record will condense a cost of spaceflight and assistance open a heavens to exploration.

The Sept. 1 explosion, that occurred during a slight prelaunch exam of a Falcon 9, broken a rocket and a $200 million Amos-6 communications satellite. SpaceX investigators traced a means of a collision to a disaster of a high-pressure helium tank inside a Falcon 9’s top stage.

SpaceX announced progressing this month that it had wrapped adult a fumble investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration has supposed a formula of a exploration and has postulated SpaceX a launch permit that covers a 7 liftoffs compulsory to loft a 70 Iridium-NEXT satellites from Vandenberg.

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