SpaceX Launch Delayed To Friday Morning
They'll try another drone ship landing, though the odds are steep
For the first time since its history-making takeoff and landing last month, SpaceX is launching again. In the early hours of Friday morning, at 1:21 Eastern, the Falcon 9 is scheduled to carry a Japanese broadcasting satellite into orbit. It will also try to repeat its landing feat.
The launch was originally scheduled for Thursday at 1:21 AM, but got rescheduled due to weather concerns.
The rocket will take off from Cape Canaveral and deliver the satellite into geostationary orbit. That’s higher than the average satellite, which means the Falcon 9’s first-stage booster will have less fuel left over when it comes back down for a landing. It will also be coming down faster, adding to the difficulty of landing on the 100-foot-wide barge. Although a successful landing isn’t expected, SpaceX has surprised us before.
If you don’t mind staying up late, you can watch the launch and landing attempt here.
05/04/2016 at 11am: This post was updated after the launch got rescheduled.