Thursday, April 27, 2017
SpaceX Planning Launch, And Landing, On Sunday Morning
Hawthorne, California-based rocket developer SpaceX said on Thursday afternoon that it is planning both a launch, and a landing, from and to Kennedy Space Center this Sunday, April 30th. To pace the NROL-76 mission into space. The mission--a classified mission for the United States National Reconaissance Office (NRO)--has a two hour launch window opening at 7:00 a.m. EDT. SpaceX warned local residents in Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia counties that they may hear a sonic boom as it attempts to launch the first stage of the NROL-76 mission at Kennedy. SpaceX--which recently launched the first, re-used stage of one its Falcon 9 rockets back into space--is working on rapidly retrofitting returned rockets for relaunch into space.