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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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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »