SpaceX Still On Track For Launch Tonight But Won’t Attempt Rocket Landing


Falcon 9 On The Launchpad

Falcon 9 On The Launchpad

Falcon 9 on the launchpad.SpaceX

After being forced to scrub its launches all week, SpaceX is ready to launch its Falcon 9 rocket this evening, with the DSCOVR satellite in tow. But it looks like the moment of the mission we've all been waiting for—the company's attempt to land the rocket after takeoff—won't happen tonight. Sadness.

According to an update on SpaceX’s website, the culprit is weather yet again. This time, the weather surrounding the autonomous drone spaceport in the Atlantic seems pretty rocky:

The drone ship was designed to operate in all but the most extreme weather. We are experiencing just such weather in the Atlantic with waves reaching up to three stories in height crashing over the decks. Also, only three of the drone ship’s four engines are functioning, making station-keeping in the face of such wave action extremely difficult.

Fortunately, weather looks great everywhere else:

Exceeding expectations
Exceeding expectations.NASA TV

And it looks like this is it. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company can't delay any longer, and that they need to get DSCOVR into space now. So we'll just have to wait for the next launch to see if SpaceX is able to land that rocket. Meanwhile, you can still watch tonight's launch on SpaceX's livestream below: