This week will witness the next SpaceX mission.
SpaceX plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the communications satellite JCSAT-14 into space on Thursday May 5. On Sunday the SpaceX team tweeted that the static fire test has been completed and the data is under review.
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The Falcon 9 rocket launch is target at 1:21am ET. This is in the middle of the night for US space fans, but SpaceX and NASA are expected to providing live video webcast of the launch.
SpaceX has published the pricing of their commercial space services. A transport on a Falcon 9 sells for $62 million for a 2018 launch. This also includes the option to transport up to 4,020kg to Mars. For heavier transports, SpaceX offers the Falcon Heavy rocket. A mission with this beast sells for $90 million. The Falcon Heavy can transport up to 54,400 kg into low earth orbit and 13,600 kg to Mars.
The Payload to Mars option is interesting. SpaceX has never done this before, but Elon Musk has no problem to offer it commercially. Anybody taking him up on a Mars mission?
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The May 5 SpaceX mission tries again to land the Falcon 9 rocket on water. SpaceX has for the first time successfully landed a Falcon 9 stage 1 on a drone ship in early April.