[Update Feb 19th] Today SpaceX took another attempt at launching the CRS-10, which they succeeded in doing, successfully launching the Falcon 9 from the legendary Pad 39A at Cape Canaveral earlier today and deploying their Dragon module to make it’s way to the ISS in order to resupply it.
They even landed the first stage of the rocket back on firm ground.
You can watch a replay of the whole launch below.
[Update 2 Feb 18th] Sadly, due to the earlier problem, SpaceX has had to put a hold on the launch of their CRS-10 resupply mission. They say that the next available window could be as early as tomorrow at 9:38 AM ET, we will update you when they confirm exact timings, or if they do.
Standing down to take a closer look at positioning of the second stage engine nozzle. 9:38am ET tomorrow is next earliest launch opportunity
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 18, 2017
You can watch the replay of the webcast below.
[Update Feb 18th] Elon today said that SpaceX is ready to go for launch for tomorrow, however, they will be adding another check to the T-60 in order to be sure before launch.
Looks like we are go for launch. Added an abort trigger at T-60 secs for pressure decay of upper stage helium spin start system.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 18, 2017
If all goes well the launch will kick off later today at 10:01 AM ET/ 15:01 GMT. You can watch it unfold live via the embed above.
[Update 2 Feb 17th] It is possible that SpaceX’s launch from the pad 39A may not happen tomorrow and may be delayed until another day due a small leak, there’s no confirmation about any delay just yet, however, Elon Musk did say that it is a very small leak and that SpaceX was investigating it, still hoping for launch tomorrow. We will update you as we hear more.
Investigating a (very small) leak in the upper stage. If ok, will launch tomorrow. https://t.co/bQf97lywn4
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 17, 2017
[Update Feb 17th] Previously it was thought that SpaceX probably wouldn’t attempt a return flight for this weekend’s launch, due mainly to the sheer weight of the satellite that it is launching and the fuel required to launch it.
However, it has today been confirmed that SpaceX will indeed fly back the first stage of the Falcon 9 that they will be launching tomorrow. Liftoff of this launch has been scheduled for Saturday, February 18th at 10:01 AM ET/ 15:01 GMT from the legendary Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center.
After the launch, the first stage will come back down from orbit, attempting a ground landing at Cape Canaveral Landing Zone 1, where SpaceX has previously landed two other boosters.
We will keep you up to date with the full launch and landing details as it happens.
[Update Feb 10th] SpaceX’s Falcon 9 is now vertical on Pad 39-A, ready for the preparations ahead of next week’s launch.
[Update Feb 8th] The ISS resupply launch from pad 39A (which will now be the first launch from the pad) has been targetted for February 18th, as was confirmed in the following tweet:
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 8, 2017
[Original Story] SpaceX has today announced their next planned launch will be January 30th, when they plan to launch the Falcon 9 along with a satellite from the EuroStar Corp from possibly the most historic launchpad anywhere in the world.
If you are at all interested in SpaceX then you definitely recognise Launch Complex 39, it was originally built for the Apollo program and is composed of three launch pads, 39A, 39B, and 39C, all which were previously used by NASA for the Saturn V moon rocket launches and the space shuttle launches.
In the future, SpaceX will be using 39A for various Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets from pad 39A, starting with the Jan 30th EuroStar launch.
We don’t yet know how much SpaceX paid to refurbish pad 39A, but we expect to see a lot of exciting launches from SpaceX from this pad, continuing its great history.
That all said, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not yet issued a license for the EuroStar launch or the possible landing of the Falcon 9’s first stage.
But given that SpaceX had such an impressive return to flight on Jan 14th, we would be surprised if they didn’t.