[Watch Again] SpaceX to Launch Satellite & Land Rocket Falcon
Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 9:18:00 AM
SpaceX Falcon 9 Liftoff is set for 3:34 p.m. EDT (1934 GMT) Monday from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX’s live video webcast begins around 60 minutes prior to launch.
SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida today. That rocket’s mission is to send a satellite known as Koreasat-5A into space, where it will hang above Earth for 15 years while providing communications bandwidth for Korea and Southern Asia. If the launch is successful, it will be the company’s 16th of the year — more than all of 2015 and 2016 combined.
Liftoff is scheduled for 3:34PM ET from Launch Complex 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center, and the company has a 2.5-hour launch window. Should weather or some kind of technical issue get in the way, SpaceX will try to launch again tomorrow at the same time. As of writing, the weather forecast in Cape Canaveral is 90 percent favorable for a launch.
Shortly after launch, the main rocket stage of the Falcon 9 will separate and head back down to Earth. The rocket booster will attempt to land on one of SpaceX’s autonomous drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean. SpaceX began attempting to recover these boosters about two years ago, and despite some fiery hiccups at the outset, the company has successfully landed 18 in a row.
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