SpaceX is set to launch and land another new Falcon 9 rocket today.
The launch will be for Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO), who will are looking to put a satellite into low-Earth sun-synchronous orbit.
That satellite is named the FORMOSAT-5 and will be used to beam back high-resolution global imagery of Earth while probing Earth’s ionosphere to help with research. It will also be the first program that the NSPO has developed itself in full, which marks it a pretty important mission for the company.
If all goes well, they will reach that milestone today.
The launch will take off from SLC-4E at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on top of one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9, the first stage of which will shortly return after launch for a controlled descent onto SpaceX’s drone barge landing pad, Just Read the Instructions, which will be situated in the Pacific Ocean.
It will also mark the 12th launch for SpaceX in 2017. You can watch it all happen live for yourself via the embed below.