The fourth attempt to launch the SES-9 satellite into launch is scheduled for today, Super Tuesday.
Today the Presidential nominations for the Democrats and Republicans are basically decided in the Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses. While this is going to be an exciting day for everyone, Space fans can look forward to a new launch attempt of the SpaceX SES-9 mission.
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SpaceX has set the new launch window to Tuesday, March 1, 6:35pm ET. This is the fourth attempt to launch the Falcon 9 in Florida. On Oscar Sunday the Falcon 9 almost took off, but the ignition process has been stopped in the last seconds due to overheating of the oxygen.
The overheating is probably been caused by a hold of the launch caused by a boat that entered the safety zone of the SpaceX Drone ship. The boat has been identified as a commercial tugboat towing a barge.
The new SpaceX rocket launch is planned at the Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. SpaceX will provide a live video stream of the new SpaceX Falcon 9 mission on the SpaceX webcast page. the live online video stream will begin 10 minutes before the planned launch at 6:35pm ET. SpaceX's webcast are great to watch. The presenters make it enjoyable to watch and explain in simple terms what is about to happen.
The NASA webcasts come across a bit dusty compared to the SpaceX webcasts.
SES-9 is the largest satellite dedicated to serving the Asia-Pacific region for SES. With its payload of 81 high powered Ku band transponder equivalents, SES 9 will be the 7th SES satellite providing coverage to over 20 countries in the region.
As with past missions, delivering of the pay load into space is not exciting enough for Elon Musk's space venture. The Falcon 9 will attempt an experimental landing again on the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship. SpaceX is not expecting a successful landing given this mission’s unique Geostationary Transfer Orbit profile.
The landing of the Falcon 9 is going to be again the most exciting part to watch. Last time (January) the video feed cut off just before the Falcon 9 landed on the drone ship. Fans had to wait a while to learn what happened. The Falcon 9 landed, but a landing gear broke and it fell over.
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