This afternoon, beginning at 3:10pm, SpaceX is poised to launch a “previously flown” Falcon 9 rocket for the second time ever. The rocket will take off from SpaceX’s launchpad in Cape Canaveral Florida, and is planning to deliver a communications satellite into a super-high orbit around the planet. Although the launch window opens at 3:10pm, SpaceX has until around 4pm to launch the Falcon 9.
The satellite that SpaceX is launching is the BulgariaSat-1, which is owned by Bulgarian TV service provider Bulsatcom. Click here for the LIVE feed on Positively Osceola’s Facebook Page!
SpaceX will once again attempt to “stick” the 14 -story first stage of the rocket on an unmanned drone ship. The first stage contains the rocket’s main engines and fuel, and if successful, this would be the seventh time SpaceX has landed one of its rockets at sea, and the 12th overall – which includes 2 returns to land.
However, this already challenging achievement will not be a simple one. The Falcon 9 is delivering the BulgariaSat-1 to such a high orbit that it will experience more force and heat upon reentering the Earth’s atmosphere than any other Falcon 9, according to a tweet from Elon Musk. “Good chance rocket booster doesn’t make it back,” Musk wrote.
But if anyone can pull off the challenge, it would be SpaceX and Mr. Musk! Good luck to all… Positively Osceola will be watching!