UPDATE: SpaceX Eyes Satellite Launch, Booster Landing At Sea
UPDATE: Weather is at 60% “GO” for launch. The window opens at 6:46 PM EST and continues until 8:23 PM EST.
SpaceX plans to launch a communications satellite from Cape Canaveral Wednesday.
The Falcon 9 rocket is sending a satellite into orbit where it will support broadcast and communication services to parts of Asia.
After launch, SpaceX will try to land the used-booster in the Atlantic Ocean…aboard a drone ship named “Of Course I Still Love You.”
SpaceX has yet to successfully land on a barge. The last attempt hit the target but a landing leg failed to lock into place, causing the roughly 200-foot-tall booster to fall over and explode.
The private space company did, however, land a booster at a landing facility at Cape Canaveral last December.
SpaceX says it successfully completed a test-firing of the rocket engine Monday.
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