SpaceX will try again this evening to bring the SES-9 satellite into orbit.
The weather will be not the problem today in SpaceX's fifth attempt to get the SES-9 satellite into space. The SpaceX SES-9 mission launch is scheduled for Friday, March 4, 6:35pm ET.
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SpaceX SES-9 last launch on Super Tuesday had been scrubbed because of bad weather. The weather forecast for Cape Canaveral, Florida shows clear skies at 65 degrees. Wind speeds are on average 11mph. This wind speed is though for near surface. The problem on Tuesday have been upper-level winds that exceeded acceptable limits.
The new SpaceX rocket launch on Friday is 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.
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.
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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. Read more Science news.