SpaceX is set for another mission on Sunday.
Elon Musk's SpaceX is planning to launch another Falcon 9 mission today. The job is to carry the Jason-3 satellite into orbit for an international group led by the NOAA. Doing the job SpaceX is getting paid for is though not enough for Elon Musk. SpaceX will once again attempt to land the Falcon 9 on a ship after it dropped the satellite into orbit.
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SpaceX has put the Falcon 9 carrying the Jason-3 satellite into upright position at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The company also released a photo of the drone ship named "Just Read the Instructions" out at see.
Will the ship blow up again, or will SpaceX succeed this time to land on the ship? This question is why watching the Falcon 9 mission will be exciting to watch on NASA TV starting at 8am EST on Sunday with the countdown.
SpaceX was able to land a Falcon 9 returning from Space on land. The landing on sea is though much more difficult. SpaceX already failed two times in spectacular fashion.
The reasons why SpaceX wants to land on ships include safety, but it is also an requirement for high velocity missions.
Jason-3 will be used for U.S.- European satellite measurements of the topography of the ocean surface. Jason-3 will continue the ability to monitor and precisely measure global sea surface heights, monitor the intensification of tropical cyclones and support seasonal and coastal forecasts.
Jason-3 data also will benefit fisheries management, marine industries and research into human impacts on the world’s oceans. The mission is planned to last at least three years, with a goal of five years.
Jason-3 is a four-agency international partnership consisting of NOAA, NASA, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, France’s space agency, and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites. Thales Alenia of France built the spacecraft.
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Find out the details about the SpaceX Jason-3 Mission Schedule and how to watch online.