Today is hopefully the big day for Elon Musk's SpaceX. The first Falcon 9 launch after the explosion in June takes off today at 8.29pm ET. The planned launch on Sunday got cancelled because of bad weather.
Orbcomm, SpaceX's customer, just revealed that the 5 minute launch window for Falcon 9 begins at 8:29pm ET. SpaceX had to postpone the launch because of bad weather. Today is another chance, but the launch window is very narrow.
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Update: The SpaceX ORBCOMM-2 mission is a complete success. SpaceX has delivered satellites into orbit and managed to return the rocket and land it safely. Watch the historic SpaceX Falcon 9 mission.
The Falcon 9 ORBCOMM-2 mission will be video streamed live online. You can watch the Falcon 9 launch and landing attempt below. The live coverage will begin at 8:10pm ET.
Let's hope Elon Musk and his team of engineers fixed everything that caused the explosion last time. It is important that this mission will be a success.
With this mission, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 11 satellites to low-Earth orbit for ORBCOMM, a global provider of Machine-to-Machine communication and Internet of Things solutions.
The ORBCOMM mission launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
SpaceX says if all goes as planned, the 11 satellites will be deployed approximately 20 minutes after liftoff, completing a 17-satellite, low Earth orbit constellation for ORBCOMM.
This mission also marks SpaceX’s return-to-flight as well as its first attempt to land a first stage on land. The landing of the first stage is a secondary test objective.
SpaceX has already tried to land the Falcon 9 on a boat, but that did not work yet. Today the private space venture will try to do it on land, seems easier.
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Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The rocket is 70m tall and has a diameter of 3.7m. It weighs over 541 tons. The payload to Geosynchronous orbit is close to 5 tons and to low earth orbit the rocket can carry over a 13 ton payload.