SpaceX Live Coverage Of Jason-3 Launch

Posted: Jan 17 2016, 1:09pm CST | by , Updated: Jan 18 2016, 12:33am CST, in News | Latest Science News


SpaceX Live Coverage of Jason-3 Launch

The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket is live now.

SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with the Jason-3 satellite on board at 10:42:18am PST. The Falcon 9 rocket will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California.

SpaceX is offering its own webcast of the SpaceX Jason-3 mission. NASA TV is also broadcasting the mission. The SpaceX coverage is a bit more hipster style. The NASA coverage is classic space mission reporting.

We are following the launch live and will publish updates here.


Watch the Crash Landing of the Falcon 9 Rocket on Ship. It almost worked!

11:08pm PT: Update! Rocket was on target but came in too hard and a landing leg broke. There will be video of the landing later in a couple of hours. This is it from us here. 

11:04am PT: This was supposed to be exciting. No it is just plain boring with no video and no updates on the landing of Falcon 9 on the ship. The video feed of the control room shows that SpaceX apparently still has no news about what happend.

10:58am PT: The SpaceX Live webcast returns at 2:35am PT. 

10:57am PT: Even SpaceX does not know. Last Tweet: "Standing by for status of stage one. Second stage and Jason-3 now in nominal coast phase."

10:55am PT: SpaceX webcast has ended and will restart with Jason-3 deployment. There is no information yet on whether Stage 1 landed successfully on drone ship or not.

10:51am PT: No video of landing of Falcon 9 on Ship

10:49am PT: Stage 1 enters atmosphere

10:48am PT: Stage 1 is on the way to the ship

10:45am PT: Rocket stages separated

10:42am PT: Falcon 9 Launched

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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