Watch SpaceX launch its Falcon 9 rocket and attempt to land it on a barge (up to date)
Very quickly at round 6:20 four:forty seven AM EST at present SpaceX will launch one its mighty Falcon 9 rockets carrying a Dragon capsule, climate allowing. “Huge deal!” you might properly say. “What’s one other rocket launch?” We’re positive you are not that jaded (they’re all superb) however this one is fairly particular. After the Dragon is up and away doing its factor (carrying ISS cargo, to be actual), the 14-story tall first stage will try and make a precision touchdown on an ocean platform solely 300×100 ft in measurement. Although the Falcon 9 has touched down on the ocean earlier than, that is the primary precision barge touchdown it will make. Even the usually brash Musk stated “the chances of success are usually not nice — maybe 50 % at greatest.” That makes issues additional thrilling, so seize your popcorn and verify the video under.
Replace: the Falcon 9 launch and restoration has been aborted, apparently resulting from some type of problem with the second stage. The subsequent launch window could possibly be as early as this Friday.
Replace (01/10/15) by Mariella Moon: SpaceX is on monitor to launch the Falcon 9 rocket in a couple of minutes after which land the primary stage on a barge when it makes its approach again down. If all goes properly, Elon Musk will lastly be capable of celebration at Cocoa Seashore at present.
At mission management in California. Launch in 60 minutes. Appears good up to now.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 10, 2015