SpaceX launches second rocket that will attempt landing on floating platform
After postponing a scheduled launch yesterday, Elon Musk’s SpaceX hopes to get another shot today at sending its Falcon 9 into space.
The launch was scrapped yesterday due to a problem with the Air Force’s Eastern Range radar.
When it does launch, the Falcon 9 will carry a DSCOVR satellite into orbit on behalf of the Deep Space Climate Observatory for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The satellite will gather information about the Earth’s atmosphere and climate-related information.
But what will be of more immediate drama will be the attempt to land the rocket on a platform on a small platform off the coast of California.
SpaceX tried this on January 10, and came close only to watch the rocket explode on impact.
The launch is currently scheduled for 6:07 p.m. on the East Coast. You can tune into NASA TV starting at 5 p.m. for live coverage of the countdown and lift off.