SpaceX Falcon 9 to fly Wednesday

posted by Jim Banke -

With this morning's scrubbed launch of an Atlas 5 rocket, the next launch from the Cape will come very quickly as SpaceX is targeting Wednesday evening for a Falcon 9 shot from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A.

The Falcon 9 will be carrying a commercial communications satellite into orbit. The launch window extends from 6:53 to 8:53 p.m. EDT. 

Liftoff is to be taking place just five minutes before the official sunset time, so there's a good chance we'll see another spectacular show as the rocket climbs into the sun against a darkening sky.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 has flown before, earlier this year in fact, but will not be returning to land back at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Instead, according to SpaceX top guy Elon Musk, the by-then-twice-used first stage will attempt a landing at sea on the company's Atlantic Ocean-based barge, "Of Course I Still Love You."

-- Jim Banke


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