SpaceX launch: what time is takeoff, and why is Elon Musk's mission so important?

October 12, 2017 – 07:57 am

The mission will be livestreamed, and the company will know shortly after the rocket takes off whether it has managed to land successfully.

Soon after launch, it’ll head back towards Earth, trying to land on a barge in the sea — a trick that went spectacularly wrong when the rocket exploded on impact, last time around.

If Elon Musk’s private space firm can successfully land this time around, it could be the beginning of a new, cheaper time for space travel. If the company can reliably land the rockets, it will mean that they can be re-used — getting rid of one of the huge costs that make missions into space so expensive.

— SpaceX (@SpaceX)

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station last month, on the last try

And the launch has already been rescheduled three times this week. On Monday, last-minute problems with a radar meant that it couldn’t launch. It was rescheduled for Tuesday but bad weather led it to be called off.

If the rocket manages to take off, it will carry the Deep Space Climate Observatory for NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Air Force on the beginning of its 1 million mile journey into space, where it will monitor solar outbursts.


Source: www.independent.co.uk

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