SpaceX to Make Third Attempt at Launching Falcon 9 Tonight

SpaceX forced to abort Falcon 9 launch at the last possible second- BGR

While successful in its primary mission, the latest SpaceX launch wasn't without unexpected issues: The secondary mission of recovering the Falcon 9 booster with a controlled landing failed, for the second launch in a row, and SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk also confirmed that one of the rocket's engines shut down early during the ascent phase of the launch vehicle.

On March 15, the Falcon-9 rocket was scheduled to lift-off from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39 in Florida at 9.22 am EDT (6:52 pm IST). A satellite now in orbit has a non-reflective coating that makes it notably less visible, but the company is embarking on a new experiment to install a sunshade on a satellite for an upcoming launch. Five flights of a Falcon 9 booster would be a record for SpaceX - and the booster that it's attempting this mission with is already a record-holder, since it achieved SpaceX's existing high-water mark for re-use with its last November launch. These sections, which consist of the rocket's first stage and fairings, will be retrieved by the company and reused in future missions.

SpaceX is now managing to renew its Falcon 9 thrusters in approximately eight weeks, and will continue to seek to improve that, and eventually achieve even faster reuse with its Starship spacecraft, a successor to Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy that the company is now developing in Boca Chica, Texas.

"Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9's first stage on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean", SpaceX stated in a mission overview. The fairing being used today flew before, too - during the May 2019 Starlink satellite launch. "Chief, ' will attempt to recover the two fairing halves". That recovery attempt will take place around 45 minutes after launch, and we will update this post with its results. "Given that, we are overly cautious on the ground, and if the team sees anything that looks even slightly off, we'll stop the countdown".

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.



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