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.
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.
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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