SpaceX teams are hoping to launch the Falcon 9 rocket tomorrow morning, firing the most powerful communications satellite into orbit.
The rocket will fire from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station between 12.29am ET (5.29am BST) and 4.29am ET (9.29am BST) on Monday.
Fans can tune in to watch the launch of the unique Falcon 9 which features a combination of previous and next-generation stages designed to take a massive communications satellite to orbit.
SpaceX had previously delayed the launch from Friday citing a need to make additional checks to Falcon 9’s upper stage.
There are several ways to watch the rocket launch tomorrow morning.
What is the Falcon 9 launch?
Elon Musk is taking on the final frontier, launching the powerful SES-12 satellite to orbit for the Luxembourg-based telecom company SES.
SpaceX launched the first stage back in September 2017, assisting in the launch of the robotic X-37B space plane for the US government.
The booster rocket has been launched several times, helping on several missions before safely returning back to earth.
The Falcon 9 is designed to fly 10 times after brief inspections but has the capability to endure more than 100 launches after repairs, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.
The Falcon 9’s ability to safely land back to earth to be used again has broken new ground on cutting costs for space expeditions, making future missions more economically viable.
Musk has also expressed a desire to reuse the two-stage Falcon 9’s upper stage and its payload fairing, the nose cone that protects satellites during launch.
But so far, it’s just the first stages that have been landed and launched again. To date, SpaceX has landed such boosters 25 times and reflown them on a dozen occasions.
ES-12 is headed for geostationary orbit, about 22,300 miles (35,900 kilometres) above Earth’s surface. It will provide video and data services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region, SES representatives said.
How to watch the Falcon 9 rocket launch
The launch of the Falcon 9 can be watched through a live stream on the SpaceX official Website.
Space fans will have to wake up extra early in the UK to catch the launch, tuning in at 5.29am.
A live stream will be covering the entire four-hour process tomorrow morning.
SpaceX will also post Youtube videos of the launch and the progress of Falcon 9.
Americans have the opportunity to watch the launch in person from Cape Canaveral.
If you’re under clear skies in Florida tomorrow morning, you can look to the state’s east coast to spot Falcon 9 launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral space station.
Source : EXPRESS