SpaceX will be making a third launch attempt tonight from Kennedy Space Center after two previous Falcon 9 liftoffs were scrubbed. If SpaceX succeeds in launching tonight, they will still accomplish the fastest turnaround in rocket launching history with 3 launches in less than two weeks time.
Air Force officials have given SpaceX a go-ahead for liftoff at 7:38 p.m., the beginning of a 58-minute window.
Intelsat, the company that has hired SpaceX to launch its Intelsat 35e communications satellite, confirmed that after a full review, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 is ready for a successful launch.
The mission’s first launch attempt was Sunday evening but was aborted with 9 seconds left in the countdown after launch computers detected an issue with guidance systems.
The Falcon 9 rocket was then scheduled to liftoff from the historic Launch Complex 39A on Monday, but the launch was scrubbed once again, this time with only nine seconds left in the countdown due to a “violation of abort criteria.”
“Launch no earlier than 5th/6th,” Musk tweeted Tuesday. “Only one chance to get it right.”
The weather looks promising for a launch tonight, and we will bring updated information as it becomes available.