Join us to watch live as SpaceX attempts to launch and land a Falcon 9 rocket. A mission in which the company itself believes “a successful landing is not expected.”
The latest Falcon 9 launch will take off from Cape Canaveral. So far the launches have been relatively smooth, but the landings have been much harder to stick. Remember the failed Falcon9 landing we posted earlier last month.
Tonight the Falcon 9 will release a SES9 communications satellite above the earth. It will then try to make its first ever successful landing on a drone-piloted barge. When the rocket hits the barge on its landing attempt, things are still expected to go awry. SpaceX is testing out new experimental orbiting plans for its rocket and is not entirely sure of the outcome.
Its possible that the rocket could crash directly into the ship, or replicate its previous tip-over failure and explosion. Being optimistic, it could even succeed.
Even though the outcome is uncertain, this mission is hardly a failure. Scientists will be able to understand more about the trajectories they need to use to successfully land a craft the next time around.
The launch window opens at 6:46 p.m. (EST) and the live footage starts 20 minutes before. Join us for the excitement!
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