Thursday, March 30, 2017
SpaceX Launch Expected This Afternoon
SpaceX, the Los Angeles area rocket and spacecraft developer, is hoping to make history this afternoon, with the (re)launch of a SpaceX Falcon rocket. SpaceX's SES-10 mission will launch a commercial communications satellite into Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), using the same first stage of the Falcon 9 used to launch a payload to the International Space Station in April of last year. SpaceX's own webcast of the event starts at 3:27 P.M. PT. The company says it has a two and a half hour launch window, with a backup window on Saturday, April 1st at 6:27 p.m. EDT. If successful, the re-use of the Falcon 9 would further lower the already low costs for SpaceX's rocket missions, dramatically. Image: The SES-10 mission during static launch testing last week.